Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Japanese researcher discovers charter captain to have evolved!
"In this photograph, Tsunemi Kubodera, chief of Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Science Museum of Japan, sits behind his charter boat captain, who has fallen to macro evolution. Kong-chi Hwakawa was setting anchor when his wristwatch caught in a 725 meter anchor line. When Tsunemi recovered the sailor, the pressure and time triggered a primordial event in which Kong-chi transmogrified to the form of a Giant Squid.
This history making Darwinian event occurred during a research junket on a boat off Ogasawara Islands, Japan, on December 4, 2006 while searching for data relating to plankton migration and ocean temperature change following the tsunami season in the pacific. The sailor who previously measured 1.16 meters in height, when winched aboard was about 3.5 metres (11.5 feet) long and about 50 kg (110 lbs). Tsuenemi says Kong-chi was caught by the clasp on his Rolex Submariner in the anchor line at a depth of 650 metres (2132.5 feet) while taking on samples for research just off the continental shelf near the Islands." (National Science Museum of Japan/Handout/Reuters)