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The revealing tale of the incredible shrinking Key West trophy fish

... a smaller, shrunken world.


... a smaller, shrunken world.



Saw this thanks to Melissa Lyttle on Twitter. It comes from Loren McClenachan via Robert Krulwich and it's interesting and it's important.

Adjusting for time of year, and after checking and measuring 1,275 different trophy fish, she found that in the 1950s, the biggest fish in the photos were typically over 6 feet — sometimes 6 feet 5 inches long. By the time we get to 2007, when Loren bought a ticket on a deep sea day cruise and snapped this picture ...

... the biggest fish were averaging only a foot, or maybe a little over. That's a staggering change. The biggest fish on display in 2007 was a shark, and sharks, Loren calculated, are now half the size they used to be in the '50s. As to weight, she figured the average prizewinner dropped from nearly 43.8 pounds to a measly 5 pounds — an 88 percent drop.

[Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 11:31am]


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