The huge sea animals can easily turn into unbelievable sizes. Researchers of Canada collaborated with U.S experts to determine the actual size of the largest sea creatures.
The scientists examined the data of the body sizes of some of the biggest animals present in oceans. The chief aim of the study is to correct some misleading notion regarding the size of 25 sea creatures such as Great White Shark, the walrus and the Giant Squid.
Craig McClain, the main author of the paper states that he observed that people usually thinks that enormous squids reached 60 feet in length. It is surely an astonishingly long length. However, when he began the study he realized that the assumptions were pretty impractical. Hence, he formed an extensive chart to describe everything clearly.
For instance, people normally believe that the supreme length of squids is 60 feet. However, the study reveals that maximum length of squids is merely 40 feet (12 meters).
McClain also works as the assistant director of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. He enlightens that the muscle fibers in squids contract and stretch during decomposition. The process could be responsible for the measurement taken in 1800s.
Later on, McClain requested graduate and undergraduate students to work on his project. They asked them to choose marine species which captivated them.
The study is explained in detail with charts in the 13th January edition of Journal Peer J.