Re: Fw: Giant squid
The Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) today (2nd August) has the following news item, attributed to the Daily Mail. Note particularly that giant squid never stop growing.
Crumbs - killer giant squids
By RICHARD SHEARS
GIANT squid are growing so fast that they now take up more space on the planet than humans, scientists believe.
Global warming has helped the creatures expand their breeding areas and different species have washed up on shores as far apart as Britain, the US and New Zealand.
Dr George Jackson, of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean studies in Hobart, has suggested the total weight of mankind, based on a world population of six billion weighing 70kg each, would be a little over 400 million tonnes.
"If you assume that the depths of our vast oceans are occupied by giant squid and average them out to around half a tonne each, they are going to outweigh humans," he says in Australasian Science.
Apart from global warming, scientists believe another factor in the squids' increasing growth rate is the over-fishing of rivals than compete with them for food.
Dr Jackson said squid eat anything that comes their way, breed whenever possible and keep on growing.
"Many of the species have exponential growth," he said.
The Brunswick, a 15,000-tonne Royal Norwegian Navy tanker, was attacked three times by giant squid during the 1930s. Each time the creature failed to get a grip on the steel hull and slid off into the propellers.
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