Strongest Animals On Earth!

Strongest Animals On Earth!

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Did you know there is an animal that has a
bite so strong it can cut through metal wire? How about one that can lift the equivalent
of six double-decker buses? Stay tuned as we unveil our contenders for
the strongest animals on Earth! 10. Grizzly Bear Also known as the American brown bear, the
Grizzly Bear is a species of bear that lives and inhabits North America. The average female weighs 130 to 180 kg or
290 to 400 lbs and male weighs between 180 and 360 kg or 400 to 790 lbs. These omnivorous creatures feed on berries,
plant roots, small mammals, fish, and will sometimes scavenge others’ prey. Their habitat ranges throughout the western
United States, and down into Mexico. What grizzlies are known for though is their
short temper. Grizzlies have been known to attack humans
without provocation. There has even been evidence that a grizzly
took on a full-grown moose! That’s 700 kg or 1,543 lbs of moose! Grizzlies can lift over 500 kg or about 1,100
lbs, which is about 0.8 times their own body weight, making them the most aggressive and
strongest bear on Earth. 9. Shire Horse Holding world records for the largest horse
and the tallest horse is the shire. While it can be easily confused with the more
well-known Clydesdale, this British breed of draught horse is known for its great capacity
for weight pulling. It is said they are descendants of the “great
horse” that was able to carry men in full armor that often weighed as much as 400 lbs. Shire horses measure roughly 17 hands or about
68 inches tall and weigh as much as 900kg – that’s 2,000 lbs! The largest horse in history was thought to
be a shire named “Mammoth.” He was born in 1848, stood 21.2 hands high,
and weighed about 3,300 lbs. Shire horses are renowned for their strength
for pulling and were often employed with breweries. They can lift twice their own body weight,
and it’s been speculated that one shire can lift 33,000 lbs or 15 tonnes one foot
into the air in one minute. Fun fact, that’s where the term “horsepower”
came from. 8. Gorilla Coming in at number 8 is the gorilla. The two species of gorillas known as mountain
gorillas and lowland gorillas are herbivores and feed mostly on leaves, stems, pith (the
spongy white part of the fruit rind), shoots, and other fruits. These mammals are the largest primates on
Earth and live both in the dense forests of the lowland swamps and in the tall mountain
forests of Africa. There are some interesting differences between
the two species, the most prominent being the amount of hair each species has. The mountain gorilla has more hair than it’s
lowland cousin, and it also has a darker color. Mountain gorillas are also known to have a
broader chest than the lowland – more than likely to help it maneuver through its dense
and often rocky terrain. They can weigh between 181 kg or 400 lbs and
227 kg or 500 lbs and share about 98% of their genetic code with humans. That’s impressive! But what is more impressive is the amount
a gorilla can lift. Some studies have shown that silverbacks can
lift up to 2,000 kg or 2 tonnes. That’s nearly 8 times their body weight! 7. Blue Whale The world’s largest animal is the blue whale. They can grow to be over 100 feet, and weigh
as much as 150 tonnes. Blue whales are found in every ocean on the
planet and have been known to eat as much as 40 tonnes or 400,000 krill – small shrimp-like
creatures – in one day. Blue whales have made our list due to the
sheer muscle strength they generate. The two groups of muscles they use to swim
are the epaxial muscles for the upstroke and the hypaxial muscles that power the downstroke. By measuring a cross-section of these two
muscles, scientists are able to measure the ratio of force per unit area of muscle or
“muscle stress.” One whale weighing a mass of 70,800 kg – that’s
about 70 tonnes – was able to produce a maximum force of 60 kilonewtons, and that’s considered
a small whale. A blue whale’s jaw will open to nearly 90
degrees as it is eating, which slows it down from about 9 miles per hour to about 3 miles
per hour. 6. Black Piranha While piranhas get a bad reputation in the
cinema for being malicious frenzied eaters, the truth is further than you think. These omnivorous fish live primarily in the
South American rivers, lakes, and reservoirs and rarely feast on unsuspecting swimmers. They have triangular teeth, much like sharks,
that are serrated. The jaws of a black piranha are one of the
strongest in the world. Scientists have put this fish to the bite
test and found that the bite force of the black piranha is around 70 newtons. That’s a force that is more than 30 times
the small fish’s body weight. That’s more than a great white! Scientists use pounds per square inch or PSI
and a measurement called newtons, the force needed to move 1 kilogram 1 meter per second,
to measure the bite force of various animals. Megapiranha paranensis, an early ancestor
to the modern piranha, had an estimated bite force that ranged between 1,240 and 4,749
newtons. The fish itself was only about 10 kg or 22
lbs – that means its bite force was roughly 50 times the animal’s body weight. That means, pound for pound, these ancient
fish were able to bite with more force than even the megalodon shark. 5. Tasmanian Devil The Tasmanian devil is the largest carnivorous
marsupial in the world. They are only found on the island state of
Tasmania and are incredibly irritable. Looks like Looney Toons wasn’t too far off
with their character Taz. Tasmanian devils are now only found on the
small island state of Tasmania, as they have been completely extinct in Australia for thousands
of years. This is most likely due to the introduction
of the dingo. Weighing only 8 kg or 18 lbs, their unusually
large heads carry a jaw that can open 75 to 80 degrees and deliver a bite force of 553
newtons. That’s strong enough to bite through thick
metal wire. They primarily eat carrion, so these massive
jaws are perfect for biting through bone and thick meats. While their bite force might not be the strongest
on the planet, Tasmanian devils have one of the highest bite force ratios in the world
making it, pound for pound, the strongest marsupial on Earth. 4. Saltwater Crocodile Coming in at number 4 is the world’s largest
reptile and one of the oldest, the saltwater crocodile. These massive creatures can grow to be over
6 meters or 18 feet and weigh over 1,000 kg or 2,200 lbs. Also known as “salties,” saltwater crocodiles
don’t just live in salt waters; they’re just as happy in freshwater. Though, it is not uncommon to see a saltie
in open ocean waters. Their territory spans from India, Thailand,
the Philippines, Australia and have been known to be found in odd places such as the Sea
of Japan. Salties can swim anywhere between 15 and 18
mph or 24 to 29 km per hour but usually take the slow path at around 2 or 3 mph or 3.2
to 4.8 km per hour. While being explosively fast in the water,
most saltwater crocodiles prefer to be basking in the sun or just float along during the
day. This lethargy allows them to conserve energy
when food sources are in low supply. They have been around and on the top of the
food chain since the time dinosaurs roamed the Earth, first appearing around 12 and 16
million years ago. Salties have been noted as the most aggressive
of the normally docile crocodile species and have been held responsible for dozens of human
attacks every year. They have teeth up to 5 inches long and massive
jaws that can produce a bite force of 16,460 newtons – that’s about 3,700 PSI – making
it the strongest bite of any creature on Earth. 3. Ants Ants have long been known for their strength
and hardiness, but what’s surprising about these little creatures is just how strong
they are. Leafcutter ants are any of 47 species of leaf
chewing ants, and next to humans they form the largest and most complex animal society
on Earth, with one nest containing up to 10 million individuals. Leafcutters will take part of the plant back
to their nest and add it to their actual food source, fungi. They take the parts of the leaf, sometimes
weighing up to 50 times their own weight, clean them, chew them, and add the chewed
bits to their fungus garden. Another feat of strength belongs to the weaver
ant. These ants are known for their ability to
create massive nests high in the trees in tropical locations. These strong creatures have been known to
be able to hold up to 100 times their own body weights! They need that strength to pull the large
leaves together to create those large nests. Weavers have also been known to link together
to create bridges for other ants to carry their larvae into the nests. This makes ants some of the strongest animals
on Earth. 2. Rhinoceros Beetle The rhinoceros beetle, or dynastinae, are
part of the scarab beetle family and are found primarily in tropical forests. The males have a distinctive horn that grows
away from the body, and some species, like the Hercules Beetle, have a second set of
horns that grow vertically and resemble large pincers. Rhinoceros beetles use these horns to dig
themselves into leaf litter and soil to escape predators. They will also use these horns to fight other
males for feeding grounds and potential mates. Some species, such as the coconut rhinoceros
beetle, are known to be invasive and harmful to the environment. These beetles were accidentally introduced
into tropical climates such as Hawaii and have been reported as a danger to the pineapple,
coconut, and banana trees. The infestation has grown so much that the
United Nations put a fund together with the goal of eradicating the rhinoceros beetle
and related insects in the South Pacific. Growing to be about 6 inches or 15cm, they
are one of the largest beetles in the world. They weigh upwards of 3.5 oz and can lift
850 times their own weight. That’s the equivalent of an average human
being lifting 9 and a half elephants. 1. The Dung Beetle The dung beetle is another member of the scarab
family and are known for, well, dung. They eat, breed, and live within large balls
of animal waste. These beetles are able to orient themselves
by the sun, and one species, the African dung beetle, is the only known species to navigate
by the Milky Way. Some males will wait for some other males
to create a ball and battle over the pile. They will use their back legs to push the
balls into a hole in the ground that it and its mate have made where they bury it and
grow a family. Using their powerful back legs, they are able
to push 1,141 times their own body weight. That’s the equivalent of an average person
pulling 6 double-decker buses full of people! This makes the dung beetle, ounce per ounce,
the strongest animal on planet Earth. Do you agree with our list? Let us know why or why not in the comments
below or add your own favorite strong animal! And, as always, thanks for watching!

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