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October 11, 2011


Danna Staaf

It is a curious story indeed, and I like your coverage of it! One record to set straight, though: the sperm whale-squid interaction is unidirectional.

That is to say, sperm whales always eat squid, and never the other way around. Squid fighting desperately to escape do sometimes leave marks on sperm whales--just like a zebra might damage a lion with a defensive kick--but no piece of a sperm whale has ever been found in a squid's stomach.


I shall correct the original post. Thanks!


I'm....skeptical. I'm not a geologist, but I'd still bet that there are ways that repeated current or temperature changes could sort bones out by size. I'd want to check out all of those scenarios before bringing up a hypothetical giant 'pod. Where's a taphonomist when you need one?

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