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Re: the longest animal?
<How would one measure "length"? A squid is "longer" across the
tentacles with the tentacles spread apart radially than it is when
measured in the "orthodox" manner, from "rear end" to tips of
It's radial length, yes, but we would assume it is rostrocaudal length,
along the main axis of the body---there is such a one for squid). If we
do register the radial length as legitimate, we only have about 120 feet
for the giant squid (estimated on a animal never before seen living)
which still comes shy of *Seismosaurus hallorum* "constrained" length on
130-145 feet. David Gillette later gave a possible maximum for the type
specimen called "Sam" at possibly 170 feet.
But the whale tape worm does fit the bill of the trivial question Beri
asked, for he said "animal", not specifying backbone or none.
Jaime A. Headden
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