Blue whales

Blue whales are not only the largest animal alive right now, but they are believed to be the largest animal that has ever lived.

They are listed as endangered by the IUCN, but a group of researchers hopes to designate 10% of the ocean as protected by 2020. Despite their slow reproduction times, researchers believe this will be enough to help rebound their numbers.

More info: http://bit.ly/17Ig8rV

Photo credit: NOAA, via ScienceAlert

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