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Whales v. dinosaurs, weight correction
On Friday, 24 Apr 1998, Gautam Majumdar wrote:
>As for the weight, the two heaviest (estimated) blue whales were 190 and
Was that U. S. tons or metric tonnes?
The 130 U.S. ton weight I cited in an earlier post for the blue whale was
in Savage and Long's book on the evolution of mammals (1980s). But my
mistake was in the units: Savage and Long gave the weight as 130 tonnes
(metric tons, not U. S. tons). I misremembered or noted it incorrectly.
My apologies! Mea Culpa!
Also, as Gautam said, whalers' weights were not always accurate in the
way we can use for comparisons. After all, weighing a whole blue whale
We don't know if we have found the largest individual of the blue whale
or any species of dinosaur, yet.
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