By Ella Davies
Ravenous, famished, starving. We all have hungry days, but are you ever 4 tonnes of seafood hungry?
Let’s be honest, the blue whale, giant of the seas and the largest living animal on Earth, beats everything when it comes to a big appetite. On a daily basis, this leviathan gulps down 40 million tiny crustaceans known as krill to maintain its bulk.
But there are other animals with a reputation for supersizing their meals, and some of them might surprise you.
Like the blue whale, giant land animals have appetites to match their impressive stature. According to African elephant expert Norman Owen-Smith of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa, adult males eat around 1% of their bodyweight in dry mass every day, while lactating females eat up to 1.5% to keep themselves going.