The Abstract Podcast

Science brings sea monsters to life

In this episode, we discuss how the latest scientific discoveries have reignited the hunt for sea monsters.

A stencil drawing of two men on a boat fighting a large sea monster
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Deep beneath the ocean’s surface lies a profound space between what science can explain and what's left to our imaginations. As a result, humans have spent centuries spinning tales of enormous monsters lurking far below, from mysterious giant squids to tentacled hundred-foot reptiles.

But after centuries of mystery, scientists are finally beginning to confirm what creatures have been eerily haunting us since the beginning of time — sea monsters.

Whether it’s evidence of an enormous cephalopod tangling with a shark or groundbreaking clues to a real life Loch Ness monster, science continues to bring ancient myths to life, carrying the enduring hunt for sea monsters into the future.

In this episode of The Abstract, we discuss how the latest scientific discoveries have reignited the hunt for sea monsters.

Our first story is about the first-ever photo evidence of a giant squid fighting with a shark. An interaction that humans have long fabled, the rare sighting helps explain how the age-old myth came to be, and that when it comes to what we do and don't know about the deepest parts of the ocean, giant squids are just the beginning.

Our second story is about the discovery of an unusual fossil from Antarctica that may have belonged to a real-life Loch Ness monster. Previously known as “The Thing,” researchers reveal how an egg belonging to a massive aquatic reptile helped reignite “dino-mania” and the hunt for sea monsters.

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Right now, facts and science matter more than ever. That's part of the reason for The Abstract, this all-new podcast from the Inverse staff that focuses exclusively on science and innovation. Three new episodes are released a week, and each covers one theme via two related stories. Each features audio of original Inverse reporting, where the facts and context take center stage. It's hosted by the Tanya Bustos of WSJ Podcasts. Because we're Inverse, it's all true but slightly off-kilter. It's made for people who want to know the whole story. Nick Lucchesi, executive editor, Inverse

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