Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Here be monsters, says Dr Charles Paxton


From the giant squid, which maybe be 14m or more in length, to the freakish-looking goblin shark, modern-day sea monsters exist in oceans all over the world. But could there be large, unknown species still lurking beneath the waves, waiting to be discovered?

To Dr Charles Paxton, an ecologist and mathematician from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, the answer to that question is an unequivocal "yes". By studying the rate of past species discoveries, and projecting this into the future, he predicts that there are many more sea monsters still to be identified.

"I believe there are large animals - greater than 2m long - awaiting discovery by science," Charles told Australian Geographic. "Why? Because we're still finding them. There really is no doubt about that at all."

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