once saw a black-and-white snapshot taken by the whalers who caught
the largest blue whale ever known. That snapshot is the only known
photograph of the largest-known individual of the most mammoth
species of animal ever to live on earth---which means the largest
animal for which we have evidence anywhere in the universe. This
female blue whale was killed in the Antarctic in February of 1928.
The contemporary description of what turned out to be humanity's
encounter with the largest animal ever known to have existed only
gives the whale's sex, length, and the day and place she was killed.
So there you have it, the sum total of all information passed
along to us in the eye-witness account by one of the handful of
people who saw the biggest animal that any human since the dawn
of time has ever laid eyes on;in fact the biggest of which our
own species has ever been aware." --Roger
Payne, "Among Whales" 1995