A brand new study shows that in this modern era, large marine animals are much more likely to go extinct than the smaller ones, which is bad news for most predators in the ocean.

Photo: ocean.nationalgeographic.com
Photo: ocean.nationalgeographic.com

“The Earth is experiencing something it has never experienced before,”, “Biologically, we are going into uncharted territory.” Those were the words of said study leader Jonathan Payne, who’s a paleobiologist at Stanford University. This is bad news, and both Johnathan and his colleagues said that losing our biggest marine animals won’t be something that we can just ignore, as it could have some unpredicted effects on the ocean ecology.

Photo: oceanservice.noaa.gov
Photo: oceanservice.noaa.gov

The reason behind this isn’t certain yet, but the most obvious one is humans. Yes, the chances of this being connected to something humans do are quite high, but we still don’t know for sure. The most logical explanation is fishing. It’s quite easier to catch one big fish than to catch an even equivalent of small fish. Larger fish are also caught for sports, and smaller ones aren’t, as you won’t go fishing for any fish, you go fishing for the biggest fish you can catch, and then brag about catching it.

Let’s just hope that this won’t get too out of hand too quickly.

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