I recently saw a video clip, shot from the deck of a boat, of a whale breaching the water which aside from the sheer terror it instilled me - had me wondering just exactly how much do those guys weigh?
The largest of the whales is the Blue whale so we'll use them for our weight comparison.
According to my inside sources at National Geographic, a Blue whale can weigh up to 200 tons. Put another way, that's 40,000 pounds for the weight of an adult Blue whale.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (and no I didn't make that up) puts the average weight of a person at 137 pounds. This is obviously not a westerners only weight estimate since I don't think I've seen that weight since grade 3.
Nonetheless, we have our two contrasting weight numbers and can now go about doing our basic math business.
And so with some rounding up we finally arrive at the answer. It takes 292 people to equal the weight of a Blue whale.
BTW. the Blue whale is the largest creature to have ever lived on the earth. Take that dinosaurs!
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