World’s Largest Sea Creatures Turn Out To Be Smaller Than We Thought (INFOGRAPHIC)
The biggest creatures in the sea are big, but surprising new research shows they’re not quite as big as we thought.
Maybe that’s not surprising, since it’s difficult to get accurate dimensions for whale sharks, giant squid, and other “marine megafauna” because they can be hard to find and even harder to weigh and measure once you find them.
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The research project analyzed sizes for storied sea creatures like whales and sharks and for lesser-known giants like tube worms–and the results appear in this chart.
“This is the first time anyone has tried to compile anything like this and will set to rest a whole lot of myths about the size of the largest specimens of all kinds of animals,” Dr. Trevor Branch, an assistant professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington and one of the scientists who conducted the research, said in a written statement. “It’s a massive piece of work, compiling the data.”
The researchers recruited graduate and undergraduate students from across the country to help study 25 marine species, from well-known creatures like the great white shark, giant octopus, and walrus to more obscure creatures like the giant tube —> Read More Here