Bringing more accuracy to the sizes of marine species

January 13, 2015 3:44 PM

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We seem to have a bias toward larger things. No hoaxsters ever claim to have seen a Littlefoot running around the woods of Tennessee. And because species are in a range of sizes, comparisons of marine species can be hit-and-miss.

If you ask people how large a giant squid is, for example, most people know it from movies and they will say it is the size of a $2,000,000 yacht. So a team has analyzed the body size of 25 marine species, including whales, sharks, squids, and other ocean giants. On the giant squid belief, there may...

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