As a way of sharing our excitement over our 25th anniversary, Bible Gateway is producing various lists and Infographics featuring 25 items in different categories found in the Bible. Here we highlight our Infographic “25 Extremes in the Bible” by calling out the whale and flea. (Be sure to tell us what Bible Gateway means to you by visiting our MyBibleGateway page.)
The blue whale is the largest animal on Earth, measuring 69-90+ feet, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
A blue whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 tonnes and its mouth is large enough to hold up to 90 tonnes of food and water. Its diet consists almost exclusively of small crustaceans known as krill, about two inches long. Despite the size of its mouth, the dimensions of its throat are such that a blue whale cannot swallow an object wider than a beach ball. The heart of an average sized blue whale weighs 400 pounds (180 kg) and is the largest known in any animal. (Wikipedia)
Fleas, about 3 mm (0.12 in) long, are small external parasites that live on the skin of mammals and birds and consume the blood of their hosts.
Both the whale and the flea are extreme living things mentioned in the Bible and speak to God’s omnipotent imagination in his amazing creation (Genesis 1).
In keeping with its 25th anniversary, Bible Gateway has designed an Infographic of 25 extremes in the Bible for your entertainment and education (some content taken from Meredith’s Complete Book of Bible Lists: A One-of-a-Kind Collection of Bible Facts (Baker Books, 2008).
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21 (KJV)
After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea. 1 Samuel 24:14 (KJV)
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