Fukushima Gigantism – At Least the Disaster Is Now Helping To Create New Deep-Sea Monsters

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Deep-sea gigantism really exists.

In zoology, abyssal gigantism represents the tendency for species of invertebrates and other deep-sea dwelling animals to be larger than their shallower-water relatives. And I bet Fukushima is now helping creating monster-like creatures even more impressive than those shown below:

A Japanese spider crab whose outstretched legs measured 12 ft (3.7 m) across:

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Japanese spider crab whose outstretched legs measured 12 ft (3.7 m) across.

A robust clubhook squid, whose mantle reaches 2 m (6.6 ft) in length, caught off Alaska.

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clubhook squid, whose mantle reaches 2 m (6.6 ft) in length, caught off Alaska

A 7-meter-long (23 ft) king of herrings oarfish caught off California

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A 7 meters (23 ft) king of herrings oarfish, caught off California

Bathynomus giganteus may reach up to 0.76 metres (2.5 ft) in length:

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A giant isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) may reach up to 0.76 meter (2.5 ft) in length

A huge Colossendeis colossea sea spider:

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A huge Colossendeis colossea sea spider from Smithsonian.

Food scarcity, lower temperatures, and reduced predation pressures are all considered to be contributing factors to deep-sea gigantism. And let’s add radiation to this small list.

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  1. This has nothing to do with Fukushima, most of these pics were taken pre 2011. These critters have always been this big!

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