Of Sharks and Lake Monsters

This week, news of a shark that reproduced asexually made headlines. This made me wonder if perhaps lake monsters were able to reproduce in the same way. I also remembered the recent news stating Greenland sharks may live to be 400 years old.

If lake monsters exist and if they have long lifespans and can reproduce asexually, one of the biggest hurdles to their existence is overcome—the need for sizable populations to keep them in viable long-term. Often you hear that a lake to too small or lacks the resources to support a colony large enough for the survival of the species. But, if lake monsters possess these key traits, the number needed for survival is minimal.

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