4 comments on “Multi-legged Creatures

  1. About 8.7 million (give or take 1.3 million) is the new, estimated total number of species on Earth — the most precise calculation ever offered — with 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million in oceans. Announced by the Census of Marine Life, the figure is based on a new analytical technique.Aug 24, 2011

  2. Oo jer, thank you for that data! And so quickly, too…

    My mind is compelled to question the ocean figure. This is because the ocean is many times bigger than the land. More than you’d think, too, as it adds height, correlating to our sky, but seeing as it covers twice as much area as land, I’d have to say it, by rights, would have twice as many species… for a good 13 mil at least!


    What say you to that?

    • Maybe it takes more room in the ocean for one living being than it does on land? I have no idea, but it could be like how many acres it takes for one horse versus how many sheep or cows per acre.

      • Ah, good point certainly and the extra dimension fits nicely into your idea… some critters do need a lot of territory. But the vastness of the ocean … I don’t think we can really grasp it… it being the reality of that word vastness. I think there’s plenty of room for way more than the numbers in that study.

        I would be astounded beyond any reasonable point if it was truly such a small number of critters for such a vast amount of space! I bet there’s that many just in parts of the Gulf of Texaco and carrying on as surviving the attack of the British!

        Life will be found wherever and whenever we look for it. It even exists inside rocks miles down… the ocean’s way friendlier.

What then, do thee, in thy mind, have?

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