Monday, March 24, 2008

Here Be Monsters

What is it about polar climates that breeds such huge creatures? You've got you polar bears, your woolly mammoths, your Dolph Lundgrens. And now a survey of New Zealand's Antarctic Ross Sea has turned up jellyfish with twelve-foot tentacles and two-foot-wide starfish. Such gigantism would be a mystery to scientists if they hadn't already explained it. Cold, oxygen rich water plus a lack of predators equals huge scary monsters. So Captain Nemo's penchant for the Indian Ocean wasn't just homesickness after all. More details here.

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