Malcom Clarke, a British scientist who specializes in sperm whales and squids, …estimated the amount of food required to feed the enormous world population of sperm whales. (Recognizing the difficulties of estimating whale populations, he wrote, “Estimates of the whale population are, unhappily, notoriously questionable, but a 1973 estimate placed this at 1 1/4 million.”)
Using a mean weight of 15 tons for males and 5 tons for females, Clarke arrived at a total weight of the world’s sperm whales of 10 million tons, which would require 100 million tons of squid per year. (My astonished italics.) This is larger than the biomass of the annual world catch of fish by fishermen “and probably approaches the total biomass of mankind.”
In other words, the weight of squids eaten every year by sperm whales is greater than the weight of the entire human race.
- Richard Ellis, The Search for the Giant Squid: The Biology and Mythology of the World’s Most Elusive Sea Creature; Chapter 6: Battle of the Giants, pg. 163
I don’t know if I could love this any more.