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Whales are the largest animals on Earth. The blue whale can grow up to 100 feet long. 

That’s a big-ass mammal, the biggest to ever exist, in fact. 

But at that length, it still falls woefully short of being two miles long. 

Which is why some eyebrows were raised when the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va. sent this tweet. 



That is a two-mile long whale!

Unfortunately, it is also an inaccurate tweet. 

As accuracy in news reporting is paramount in the Trump era, the paper was quick to offer an earnest retraction. 

That’s wonderful. I wish all news errors could be this funny. 

Well, minus the whole dead whale part, you know. 

David Covucci

David Covucci

David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]