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My 10 favorite animal species

By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Everybody has their favorite animals. Here’s my list, which includes a lot of creatures who wouldn’t make good pets. What are yours?

Honorable Mentions- Beluga Whale

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Arctic Fox (Photo credit: Jonathen Pie, CCO via Creative Commons)

  1. Arctic Fox

Starting off this list, we have one of the cutest animals ever. While I love red foxes and also think they’re very cute, Arctic Foxes take that up another notch. Their white fur really puts them over the top.

 

Manatee (Photo credit Jim Reid, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

  1. Manatee

Manatees are some of the most peaceful creatures ever. They wouldn’t even harm plankton and they’re really cute in a unique way. They are a big attraction in Florida, and while some are shy and avoid humans, others are very curious.

 

 

Blue whale (Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/James W. Gilpatrick, Jr. and Morgan S. Lynn)

  1. Blue Whale 

The Blue Whale is the largest animal to have ever lived. On average, they weigh 200,000 to 300,000 pounds and occasionally measure to over 100 feet long. But since they are filter feeders, they are completely passive and are extremely beautiful to look at.

 

Display of sperm whale and giant squid battling in the Museum of Natural History History.
(Photo credit: Mike Goren, via Creative Commons 2.0)

  1. Giant Squid 

Growing up interested in aquatic animals, one of the things that caught my eye was the Giant Squid vs Sperm Whale battles, with the squid trying to avoid being eaten. Giant Squids are kind of like normal squids, with one big exception. They can potentially grow up to 43 feet long. They also have some of the largest eyes of any creature—up to about 10 inches in diameter.

 

Samoyed (Photo credit Dllu, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Creative Commons)

  1. Dog

They aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason. Dogs are the perfect pets in that they are usually cute, sociable and devoted to their owners. While I love virtually all dogs, the Samoyed is my favorite breed. I mean, look at them.

 

Great White Shark, (Photo credit Hermanus Backpackers, cc-by-2.0 via Creative Commons).
Whale Shark (Photo credit James Heilman, MD, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Creative Commons).

  1. Great White Shark/Whale Shark

Due to the limited number of spots on my list, I’m combining the Great White Shark and Whale Shark. The Great White is currently the largest predatory shark alive today, while the Whale Shark is not only the largest shark, it is also currently the largest fish (whales are mammals). Whale Sharks are actually filter feeders and therefore peaceful towards humans. I’d love to go swimming with them one day.

 

Spinosaurus (credit: iStock)

  1. Spinosaurus

As a kid I was obsessed with dinosaurs. (Weren’t we all?) Usually, everyone’s favorite was the T-Rex, but I wanted to be different. My pick was the Spinosaurus, mainly because they looked really awesome, but also because they were even bigger than the T-Rex.

 

Honey badger (Photo credit Sumeet Moghe, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Creative Commons)

  1. Honey Badger

Never has any animal cared less than the honey badger. They are fearless and will fight anything they see. I’ve seen a video of a honey badger going one-on-one with an adult bear and even managing to scare the bear a little. Honey badgers will kill highly venomous snakes and if they are bitten, they will pass out for hours and wake up like nothing happened.

 

Red Panda. (Photo credit Mathias Appel, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 )

  1. Red Panda

Red Pandas are the cutest animals I’ve ever seen. They are so cute that when they try to intimidate something, they stand up on their hind legs to make themselves look bigger and more fearsome. But they only end up looking cuter in the process.

 

Megalodon (Credit: Karen Carr, via Creative Commons 3.0)

  1. Megalodon

There are some who believe that the Megalodon is alive today, and while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that is highly, highly unlikely. The Megalodon went extinct about 3.6 million years ago. It was the largest fish ever, estimated to be about 60 feet long (but some scientists say they could’ve been about 80 feet in length). It is also believed to have the most powerful bite force in history, with an astounding 40,000 pounds per square inch.


Notes:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/megalodon–the-truth-about-the-largest-shark-that-ever lived.html#:~:text=We%20know%20that%20megalodon%20had,least%203.6%20million%20years%20ago.

https://www.britannica.com/animal/megalodon

https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2020/08/24/7-mega-wild-facts-megalodon/#:~:text=With%20a%20jaw%20estimated%20to,Still%20not%20convinced%3F

https://www.britannica.com/animal/giant-squid

https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/largest-eye-world-giant-squid#:~:text=Giant%20squid%20have%20the%20largest,big%20as%20a%20human%20head.

https://www.marinemammalcenter.org/animal-care/learn-about-marine-mammals/cetaceans/blue-whale#:~:text=As%20the%20largest%20animal%20on,to%20over%20100%20feet%20long.

https://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Kids/

 



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