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The following Web sites offer a quick tour of some of the planet's outsized inhabitants, from the relatively large (e.g. giant cave cockroach) to the just plain enormous (e.g. blue whale). The first Web site (1) is an Animal Planet Feature where visitors can meet giants of the past -- such as the giant komodo dragon and the giant sloth, and some of their smaller, modern-day cousins. The site contains lots of cool graphics, including 3-D rotatable images. The next stop is a commercial Web site advertising photography expeditions let by Amos Nachoum, a professional marine and wildlife photographer. All of the expeditions listed in the left-hand column include photo galleries where visitors can view terrific photos of Argentinian orcas, polar bears, blue whales, and more (2). The following Web site (3) is the online companion to "Toothwalkers: Giants of the Arctic Ice," a PBS Nature documentary about the giant saber-toothed Arctic walrus. Visitors will find special Web features, a video clip, and links to more information on the film and its gargantuan stars. The Discovery Channel introduces the elusive giant squid in this multimedia Web feature (4). Viewers will find loads of information on this amazing creature's natural history, literary history, and much more. The site also includes a trip on a virtual submersible, where you can learn more about life 2,000 feet below sea level. The next Web site is privately hosted by Chris "Capy" Head, and provides a great overview of the world's largest rodent, the undeniably adorable capybara (5). Visitors will find basic background information, links, a photo gallery, and more. Steve Bullington presents the giant cave roach in this privately-hosted Web site (6) as part of Bullington's Pet Arthropod Page. The site includes photos and detailed background information for this outsized roach (the world's largest species). The ostrich, which can claim the title of largest living bird (with the largest eggs, as well), gets its own page in this Web feature from PBS's Nature. Readers will find a quick overview of ostrich characteristics and natural history (7). And of course, what discussion of giant animals would be complete without mentioning the blue whale? In this Web site (8), the American Cetacean Society provides an informative fact sheet on "the largest mammal, possibly the largest animal, to ever inhabit the earth.
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