Photos can often be deceiving, and most times you don’t really know something unless you actually see it and although wildlife photography does bring us all closer to the wonders of nature, it may be hard to guess the size of the animals unless we have a reference point.
And thanks to our ever increasing urban life we rarely get the chance to encounter these massive beasts.
So to help get an idea we have a list of animals that are larger than you think with a human height reference. The list keeps getting bizarre to make sure you stick around for the end.
1) Maned Wolf.
The maned wolf looks like it is a cross between a wolf a fox and a deer but is actually none of those. It is the tallest cannid and its closest relative is the bush dog which definitely is bizarre if you consider the short appearance of the bush dog.
2) Leatherback Sea turtle.
Sea turtles themselves are huge and the leatherback is the largest species of sea turtle. Sadly the population if the leatherback turtle has been on a decline for a while now. despite their massive size they are no match for the modern fishing gear and are often caught along with fishing bycatch.
3) Wandering Albatross
When we think of huge birds we may think of an ostrich or even an eagle but the wandering albatross rarely talked about. With a whopping 11 feet wingspan, the albatross is unimaginably large.
This is an adaptation for their extraordinary lives of flying over the oceans and hunting for fish as they can spend years without returning to land.
This massive bovine looks like it has been on steroids and hitting the gym a lot. The gaur standing over 6 feet tall can weigh nearly 1500 kilograms is definitely something you do not want to mess with. Despite being called the Indian bison the gaur isn't a bison and is more closely related to Asiatic and African buffalo.
5) Alaskan Moose
The Alaskan moose is the largest deer species how large you may ask, see for yourself.
Apart from being ginormous tall, the massive antlers make it exceptionally broad as well.
Despite their skinny legs they are strong swimmers and often search for submerged plants.
6) Polar bear.
Being the largest carnivore on the planet earth we know that polar bears are huge. But just how big can they get?
This large carnivorous mammal needs a large diet to sustain but due to manmade climate change, their food population has been on a decline and so has their population.
7) Elephant Seal
Well if your name begins with elephant you deserve to be on this list.
The elephant seal significantly outweighs all other animals on this list with a whopping record of more than 3500 kilograms.
8) Saltwater crocodile.
Crocodiles themselves can be terrifying but, the saltwater crocodile is one such species of crocodile that can make most other animals on this list seem like puppies. The fact that they are predators multiplies our fears tenfold.
Unlike most animals on this list that are either herbivores or prefer smaller prey like fish the saltwater crocodile and the polar bear are capable of causing serious damage.
9) Giant Manta Ray
Gentle giant would be a perfect word to describe a manta ray. These huge fish feed on one of the smallest animals of the sea that is plankton. At 29 feet width the Giant Manta Ray beats all animals on this list when it comes to sheer numbers and despite that they are least likely to harm anyone.
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