A latest research points out the myths regarding the size of giant sea animals. It reveals that huge sea creatures are not as big as people assume.
Craig McClain, a marine biologist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center states that human like to exaggerate the size of things.
For instance, the gigantic squid is normally described as 60 feet long. However, the creature is merely 40 feet long in reality.
Size is considered as an extremely important feature of a creature. It gives significant information about the accurate conservation method of specie.
Therefore, a group of scientists along with undergraduate students carried out a research in order to determine how large a sea mammal can get. They closely examined the size of 25 different marine species such as whales, sharks and squids. They assessed the size description of reports with the actual size of the creatures .Later on, they formed a comprehensive chart to explain the correct sizes of sea creatures.
Trevor Branch, assistant professor of University of Washington said that it is the first time when researchers try hard to accumulate something like this. The report will surely unveil all the misconception associated with the sizes of animals.
The report also gives an insight about the actual reason behind this difference in length. They observed that muscle fiber is responsible for the miscalculation of sizes. Generally, muscle fiber stretch during the process of decomposition. Hence, the research of 1800s misjudged the exact size of animals.
The outcome of the research is published in 13th January’s edition of Peer J.