Giant squid > humans

In recent weeks, there’s been a mini-boom in news about giant squid. But the most amazing revelation came last week, when, as reports, a study in Australasian Science dropped this bombshell:

According to scientists, squid have overtaken humans in terms of total bio-mass. That means they take up more space on the planet than us.

Clearly, the seventh seal hath been opened. Actually, the real causes are nearly as apocalyptic: The scientists say the reason squid have become so big is that global warming and commercial overfishing of whales has removed most of the giant squids’ main predators, allowing them to flourish. They also apparently grow larger when the water is warmer.

(Thanks to Debbie for this one!)

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