40 Mind-Boggling Images That Prove You Probably Never Knew The True Scale Of These Familiar Things

Perspective is an important thing. If we look at an image of something huge, for example, we usually need something smaller in the image so we can understand its sense of scale. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some pictures that really help to appreciate the actual size of certain things in our world.

40. The leatherback sea turtle

Measuring some seven feet in length and weighing as much as 2,000 pounds, it’s no surprise to learn that the leatherback is the biggest sea turtle on the planet. These giants are part of an evolutionary heritage that stretches back over 100 million years. Sadly, though, they’re the last species of their kind.

39. A tiny chameleon

Back in 2012 news emerged that a group of scientists in Madagascar had made an incredible discovery. The Brookesia micra is a type of chameleon that hadn’t ever been documented before. But what made this species so special was that it was the smallest chameleon ever found, growing to only an inch long.

38. The saguaro cactus

The Sonoran Desert of the United States and Mexico is home to an incredible species of plant. This is the saguaro, a type of cactus that grows at an extremely slow rate. However, despite this unhurried development, the plant can eventually grow to become 60 feet tall. Some of them, in fact, weigh around four tons.

37. An eagle’s talon

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Adult eagles tend to grow to be around 30 inches in height, but their wings can spread as wide as seven feet. Moreover, their talons are absolutely huge and capable of exerting great pressure. To put it in numbers, eagles are incredibly able to apply 1,000 pounds of physical force per square inch.

36. Prehistoric scorpions

Some terrifying creatures once roamed the Earth. Take, for example, the Pulmonoscorpius kirktonensis, a species of scorpion that lived roughly between 359 million and 299 million years ago. This creature was far bigger than the scorpions we see today. In fact, it would have been roughly the size of a modern domestic cat. Horrifying.

35. The smallest car ever

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The 1950s were a time of innovation, with many new inventions laying the groundwork for the technology we enjoy today. One thing that never really took off, though, was the automobile known as the Peel P50. Though small cars are on the market today, none are quite as compact as this tiny vehicle which measured just 53 aches in length and 39 inches wide.

34. The Goliath birdeater spider

In the Amazon rainforest, a creature extracted straight from nightmare lurks. The Goliath birdeater is a species of tarantula that generally feeds on insects, but can also consume rodents, frogs and — as its name suggests — birds. Its leg span is nearly a foot long, and it can weigh as much as six ounces. It’s a spine-chilling beast.

33. The Titanic

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The Titanic, famously, was the largest ship of its day, before sadly sinking on its first ever journey in 1912. Since then, however, shipbuilding has progressed a great deal, with newer vessels dwarfing even the Titanic. Take the Symphony of the Seas, which set sail for the first time in 2018 as the largest passenger vessel of all time. This craft is roughly five times bigger than the Titanic.

32. The Moon

Given that we only see it as a glowing orb in our night sky, it’s difficult to imagine how big our Moon really is. Though we can say it has a diameter of around 2,159 miles, this isn’t exactly clear from our perspective on Earth. But for a sense of scale, we can compare it to the mainland United States. Here, the distance from west coast to east coast is broadly similar to the Moon’s diameter.

31. The Maine Coon

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Of all the domesticated cat breeds, the Maine Coon is easily the biggest. On average, they tend to grow to a length of 40 inches, which is roughly double the size of typical breeds. Many cats reach their adult size by the age of two, but it takes Maine Coons twice as long to fully mature.

30. The blue whale

The blue whale is the largest animal to have ever inhabited our planet. They can grow to be around 100 feet in length, weighing an incredible 200 or so tons. For a sense of scale, we can say that just their tongues are roughly the same weight as an entire elephant.

29. A baby hummingbird

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Hummingbird eggs are said to be the smallest on Earth, measuring less than half an inch in length. They’re not dissimilar in size to jelly beans, in fact. Once they hatch, though, it’s not long before the baby hummingbird increases its stature. Apparently, during its first few days of life, its size doubles each and every day.

28. Muggsy Bogues and Manute Bol

During the 1987 NBA season, two unusual players ended up playing together on the same team. First, you had Manute Bol, who’d played with the Washington Bullets for a couple of years already. Then, you had a newcomer called Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. These two were an unlikely pairing, as Bol — standing at seven feet and seven inches — was among the tallest athletes to ever play pro basketball, while Bogues — at only five feet and three inches — was the shortest.

27. Wind turbines

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Obviously, wind turbines can come in a variety of sizes. However, if you need to generate a large supply of energy, then you’ll need to develop a significant turbine. So, while smaller devices might have blades with a rotor diameter of around 100 feet, the bigger ones will spin across up to 330 feet.

26. The smallest computer ever

In 2018 experts from the University of Michigan unveiled their latest invention — the smallest computer ever created. Designed to take heat measurements within the human body, this computer is absolutely minuscule. In fact, the device is but a fraction of the size of a single grain of rice.

25. A tornado

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Wind turbines are imposing structures. So, when they’re dwarfed by a large tornado, we can really appreciate how powerful such twisters can really be. These violent storms cost the United States around $400 million in damages every year, taking approximately 70 lives along the way. They can obliterate buildings, throw vehicles aside and even draw all the water out of a river.

24. A tiny frog

You’d be forgiven for missing it, but in some isolated areas of Cuban forest you might find the Monte Iberia Eleuth. This species of frog was only discovered back in 1996, and it’s not exactly difficult to figure out why it took so long to find. The creature, after all, is less than half an inch long.

23. The Great Pyramid of Giza

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Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza was once the loftiest man-made structure on Earth. It retained this honor for several thousand years, in fact, though more contemporary buildings have since eclipsed it. Even so, if you were to stand at the foot of the pyramid, you’d see first-hand just how tall it is — 481 feet.

22. The Clydesdale horse

Having originally emerged from Scotland, the Clydesdale is a breed of horse notable for being bred for heavy agricultural work. It’s a strong creature, after all, with a broad, stocky body. It’s also quite a tall horse, tending to measure up at an average of 16.2 hands high (5.4 feet). Some members of the breed, however, are even bigger.

21. The Makkah Royal Clock Tower

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An impressive structure pierces the skyline in the center of the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca. The Makkah Royal Clock Tower is used to accommodate worshippers participating in the Hajj pilgrimage, and it stands beside the Grand Mosque. At the top of this tall building are four clocks – each of which are absolutely huge. In fact, they hold the record for being both the biggest and highest clocks on Earth.

20. A gorilla’s hand

Typically speaking, we can split gorillas into two separate categories. The first is the mountain gorilla, and the second is the lowland gorilla. Members of both groups grow to be between four and six feet in height, with the mountain gorilla tending to weigh more. The species as a whole is broadly considered to be the largest of the primates, which is perhaps most clearly illustrated by the immense size of their hands.

19. The Japanese spider crab

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In the depths of the Pacific, a giant, clawed creature with 10 legs is lurking. And though this might sound like a beast from some science fiction movie, it’s actually real. The Japanese spider crab is the biggest crustacean in the world, with a span of 12 and a half feet from one of its claws to the other.

18. A bee’s stinger

A bee’s stinger is extremely sharp, and when the insect stings, venom travels through this stinger and into the victim. The venom is composed of chemicals that will hurt the creature that’s been stung. It’s an effective defense mechanism, made possible by a stinger that’s more pointed than even a hypodermic needle.

17. The humpback whale

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The humpback whale is found in oceans all over the world. Measuring from around 48 to 62 and a half feet long, adult whales are roughly the size of a bus and can weigh up to 25-30 metric tons. Their pectoral fins alone can span as far as 16 feet in length.

16. Shaquille O’Neal and his girlfriend

During his playing career, Shaquille O’Neal was among the most commanding players in the NBA. He was a real winner, and maybe his success was aided by his immense stature of seven feet and one inch. Surrounded by other players on the court, he might have looked that big. But when he stands beside his partner, it’s clear to see just how tall he really is.

15. The giant oceanic manta ray

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The giant oceanic manta ray is the planet’s biggest species of “devil fish.” It’s very closely related to the reef manta ray, but it ultimately grows to be much larger. While the reef manta ray tends to have a wingspan that stretches to roughly 11 feet, the giant oceanic manta has a span of almost 30 feet.

14. The giant African land snail

Many of us have grown accustomed to the sight of snails slithering along the walls outside our homes. And though they’re not the most attractive of creatures, their small size means that they tend not to be too disturbing. But if you happen to have a garden infested with giant African snails — which can be nearly 8 inches long — then you’d be forgiven for freaking out.

13. The Bagger 288

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It’s the stuff of science fiction. A digging machine with a height greater than New York’s Statue of Liberty and a weight more significant than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But despite its immense dimensions, the Bagger 288 is completely real and is capable of moving more than eight million cubic feet of earth in a day’s work.

12. The saltwater crocodile

It’s argued by some that saltwater crocodiles are the predators that are most likely to consume human beings. And when we consider the immense size that adult crocs can reach, it’s not difficult to imagine why. The beasts tend to grow up to 17 feet in length, but 23-feet-long crocs are far from rare.

11. An enormous caterpillar

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As summer fades into autumn each year, we might note some brightly colored caterpillars creeping along the ground beneath us. These creatures may be gorging themselves on plants, ultimately preparing for their metamorphosis into moths or butterflies. The caterpillars are often tiny, but sometimes you may stumble across some giants.

10. A giant rabbit

When we picture a bunny rabbit, we tend not to think of them as particularly large creatures. But the Flemish Giant is a colossal breed of rabbit that can stretch to around two and half feet in length. They’re heavy beasts, too, with females sometimes tipping the scales at 20 pounds and the males at 22 pounds.

9.The world’s smallest camera

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With a size comparable to a single granule of sand, the OVM6948-RALA is known as the tiniest camera on Earth. But why exactly would such a device be used for? Well, the instrument’s been designed to fit inside human veins, meaning it will help out medical professionals in diagnosing conditions.

8. The lion’s mane jellyfish

The lion’s mane jellyfish is among the biggest on Earth, generally growing to be one and half feet long, but sometimes reaching six and a half feet. The species is so-called because of its tentacles, which resemble the mane of a male lion. The tentacles themselves can grow to immense lengths. In fact, including its appendages, the biggest lion’s mane ever measured was 120 feet long.

7. A baby ghost crab

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In adulthood, the Atlantic ghost crab has a roughly three-inch, partially see-through shell. When they’re babies, however, they look rather different. Their shells aren’t quite as translucent and they’re quite a bit smaller, too. As a matter of fact, young ghost crabs would represent a mere speck upon a human palm.

6. Lord of the Rings prop

For anyone who’s seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s clear how central the One Ring is to the plot. This, naturally enough, meant that several close-ups of Gollum’s precious were required. But in order for the cameras to pick up the band in intricate detail, a massive prop had to be created.

5. The moose

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Of all the species of deer, moose are definitively the biggest. Measuring from the ground up to their shoulders, they can grow to be six and a half feet. And that’s not even taking into account their massive heads —upon which males have antlers that can grow to six feet in length.

4. A dumper truck

There’s a lot of different sizes of dump trucks, but the biggest of them are absolutely gargantuan. Some of the machines can weigh around a million pounds and stand at 20 feet in height. In terms of length, they can stretch to about 50 feet — about the size of a humpback whale.

3. Earth-sized planets inside the Sun

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The Sun is a gigantic entity in comparison to our planet. Our star accounts for roughly 99.86 percent of the Solar System’s mass. Its diameter of 864,400 miles is around 109 times longer than the Earth’s. All of this is rather difficult to take in, so think of it this way — it would take roughly 1,300,000 planets the size of Earth to fill the same amount of space as the Sun.

2. The ocean sunfish

The ocean sunfish is said to weigh more than any other bony fish, tipping the scales at around 5,000 pounds. Other fish species like certain sharks can be heavier, but these are classified as cartilaginous fish. In terms of dimensions, the ocean sunfish is vast, sometimes reaching 14 feet in height and 10 feet in width.

1. The elephant seal

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The elephant seal can be split into separate northern and southern variations. The latter of these, though, is considered to be the largest species of seal on Earth. Male southern elephant seals can grow to 20 feet in length and end up weighing 8,800 pounds. These are some gigantic beasts, then.

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