Can you imagine a heart as big as a car? If not, here is the chance to lay your eyes upon the largest heart that humans have ever preserved!
The majestic blue whales are the largest animal in the world, growing to be about 100ft (30.5 metres) in length. Because of their rarity, scientists were never able to study the anatomy of the creature’s heart in detail.
But in May last year, researchers got the opportunity to closely examine the heart, after a dead blue whale, nicknamed ‘Lollipop’, was washed ashore in Newfoundland, Canada and they have revealed some incredible pictures and have documented the whole process.
The heart weighs 400 pounds (180kg), is about 5 feet long, and when in action pumped about 60 gallons of blood through the blue whale's veins every single heart beat. But scientists said it was significantly smaller than what they expected!
Check out the video in which Jacqueline Miller, who is a mammalogy technician from the Royal Ontario Museum explains her study
Video courtesy: PBS