Talk:Blue whale

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WP:CETA capitalisation discussion[edit]

Minor edit required[edit]

Under the 'Other' section - "Calves are tend to be more playful on water surface than adults."

Should be "Calves tend to be more playful on the water surface than adults."

Linzdai (talk) 17:09, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Argentinosaurus was the largest animal that ever lived[edit]

Further proof why you should never cite Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.164.161.151 (talk) 07:33, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

What information is the basis for your assertion? PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 09:09, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
Click on the link in this section's title. Look here also: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/latin-america/58274-largest-dinosaur-fossil-argenitina . Regarding the claim that the blue whale is the largest animal on earth that ever existed: I don't think we can be this affirmative. Lerichard (talk) 16:03, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
The blue whale certainly the heaviest. With regards to Argentinosaurus, see today's news. CMD (talk) 16:20, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
The reason I asked the IP editor about the source of their assertion—I had already skimmed through our article on Argentinosaurus—is because I wanted to ascertain whether they were concerning themselves only with body length, as opposed to other measurements such as mass etc. The real question here is: how is size measured and compared? As CMD states, the blue whale is the heaviest. I note that the article that CMD links to carefully describes the new dinosaur as the largest animal to have ever walked on Earth. PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 22:47, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
When animal "size" is discussed in scientific papers and the like, I find that unless qualified it refers to body mass. See for example this book on organism size (a somewhat outdated one, but it shows the assumption is old). Size is of course used to refer to other measurements (eg. [http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/body-size-and-temperature-why-they-matter-15157011 interesting paper on body size and shape, with regards to temperature), but it explicitly mentions length rather than just size. Sauropods are a lot of thin neck and tail, the bulk of the animals fills up a much smaller space. CMD (talk) 00:00, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

longest animal in history?[edit]

Perhaps there should be an asterisk attached to the longest animal ever title owned by the Blue Whale. The new gigantic plant eating dinosaurs being discovered in Argentina are from the late Mesozoic and a new one larger than Argentinosaurus has been discovered in Chubut Province that is being estimated at 40 meters in length. So even if the estimate is reduced as frequently happens, the length title is at least uncertain at this point. The weight title remains safely with the Sulphurbottem, as the estimates on that are almost double that of the new dinos. source: NBC News; 5/17/2014 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.213.4.32 (talk) 01:57, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Where in the article is that claim made? CMD (talk) 10:36, 18 May 2014 (UTC)