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October 28, 2012
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

Last week I told you all about the world's largest animal and I quite possibly told some of you more than you wanted to know about the blue whale. Well, for those of you that might be in the latter group, just skip over the remainder of this paragraph as I ran across a couple more things about blue whales from my notes that I felt compelled to share. Maybe because even after thinking about this huge animal I still have a tough time wrapping my mind around the true size of this mammal and getting it into some sort of perspective.

Ok, I said skip the rest of the last paragraph if you had experienced blue whale overload but nevermind that. You're reading this again so just grin and bear it. Most of you, like me, have seen elephants at the circus or a zoo. Probably an African elephant if my guess is correct. Did you know that most African elephants weigh less than a blue whale's tongue! And the last fact might not be that big of a surprise for most of you but the largest animal also is the loudest animal on earth. There, I'm through with blue whales until I find out some other interesting fact that I can't help but want to share.

And because I am already half used up on the word count for my column, let's just finish out with a few other wildlife facts that I found interesting.

I'm told that a rat can last longer without water than a camel. Interesting but I'd still rather have a camel if I was stranded in a desert. The opposite of being stranded in a desert would be all alone on a floating iceberg with a polar bear. Researchers have discovered that all polar bears are left-handed (or more properly stated left-pawed). I really don't know what good that would do me if I was stranded on an big piece of ice with this huge predator. I know we wouldn't be shaking hands and I also know I wouldn't be around much longer to think about polar bears in general.

So let's get off the mammal subject and finish with insects. Here's something to remember before launching out into the great outdoors next summer. Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color. I'm not saying but it couldn't hurt to check the blue wardrobe at the door and choose something else as you head to the picnic.

We are told that the world's human population is a little over 7 billion. Don't ask me to start wrapping my mind about just how many people that really looks like. But I think I can understand that number better that the one for ants. There are an estimated one million ants for every human on earth. Wow!



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