If you want to see a kaiju, you should also probably be prepared for massive amounts of ... waste product.
We're less than two weeks away from the release of Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards' new vision of the King of the Monsters. In this particular incarnation, Godzilla will be the tallest he's ever been, with a height reaching to an estimated 150 meters (492 feet). This increase in size is, in part, thanks to the increase in the size of buildings over the last 50 years. The original Godzilla, who was about a third of the size of his current incarnation, wouldn't exactly loom large in the face of most modern skyscrapers. So, while the size increase is justified from a storytelling perspective, it brings with it some interesting (and by interesting, I mean gross) implications when you think about Godzilla as an actual animal with a digestive system and a need to consume food and water.
In a recent post on the Deep Sea News blog, Dr. Craig McClain (otherwise known as Dr. M) addressed the biological implications of Godzilla's increasing size over the years, including just how much waste such a monster would produce. After delving into various evolutionary theories and how they relate to the growth of the monster, McClain used his own previous writings on kaiju creatures to calculate just how much urine the latest incarnation of Godzilla could produce in a day. So, just how much pee are we talking about?
"151,436,928 gallons per day. That is about 1.8 of the largest production oil tankers."
Wow. That's ... a lot of pee in the pool (in this case, the pool is the Pacific Ocean, but you see where I'm going with this). So, we should consider ourselves lucky not to have real live kaiju in our midst for many reasons, but their destruction is only part of the problem. They would also apparently soak everything in pee, and no one wants that.
(Via Deep Sea News)