World's Largest Heart: 440 pounds (200kg) Heart Of A Whale Preserved In Museum

World’s Largest Heart: 440 pounds (200kg) Heart Of A Whale Preserved In Museum

This is the first blue whale heart to be anatomically preserved.

It is known as the largest animal on our planet, so it’s no wonder that the heart of the blue whale is also record-breaking.

Researchers have retrieved an enormous heart from a blue whale carcass in Newfoundland, and discovered that it weighs a staggering 440lbs (200kg), and is the same size as a Smartcar.

“We had to get the chest cavity opened to expose the heart and then get in there and freethe heart up from all of the surrounding tissues, getting in with what was left of the lungs and blood pretty much up to my waist,” explains Jacqueline Miller, a mammalogy technician from the ROM.

“It took four of us to push the heart out through a window we’d made between the ribs and the side of the chest cavity.”

The gigantic heart is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Source: BBC, Dailymail, Nairaland

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