Tall & Tiny: Nature's Extremes
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Tremendously tall – or ridiculously small: nature never ceases to surprise.
Africa has the largest bird and the tallest mammal: The ostrich, so massive it can’t even fly, and the giraffe, with a neck that can extend up to seven metres.
Borneo has its record-breakers too. The largest tropical trees fill the rainforests, while the smallest bears and even pygmy elephants roam this, Asia’s largest island. Then there are the carnivorous plants! The biggest variety of pitcher plants, not just giant, but clever too. They’ve made a survival pact with the tiniest of ants.
Big and small – every living thing has its own ingenious methods of survival.
The smallest creatures often rely on power in numbers. When termites join forces in their thousands, they are capable of defending their nests against invaders many times their size!
Earth’s largest animal can be just as hard to see as some of the smallest because it is so rare. The blue whale is a record-breaker, nearly thirty metres in length and up to 170 tons. But even a blue whale’s mass is nothing compared to nature’s largest structure created by miniscule living organisms: The Great Barrier Reef.
Meet the big and the tiny in this round-the-world-tour of massive proportions!
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