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For many, Godzilla’s grey body is quite intriguing. The thought of a Godzilla existing as a huffing, puffing machine will surely have many fans flocking to see it on the big screen. Godzilla has attracted a lot of controversies about its origins, where it came from and how it ended up being the way it is. Had he actually existed, and keeping basic anatomy principles in mind, there is a good chance that Godzilla may have been prone to massive physiological disorders due to his gigantic size.
Godzilla is incredibly large and stands 355 feet tall, comparable in height to a 30 story building. The radioactive ‘Kaiju’ grew from its nominal size to over 200 feet and ended up with a massive weight of 164,000 tons, though some say it weighs only 90,000 pounds. Nevertheless, the sheer size and mass of Godzilla is like a cruise ship having two feet and being able to stand vertical. The animal kingdom known to mankind stands alien to such a massive creature in its unending list of species. With so much weight shouldered by Godzilla, chances of his body getting over worked and heated up are phenomenal, not to mention its organs getting imploded. Godzilla’s estimated heart size would measure 60 feet across and weigh 100 tons. The blood volume the heart would need to pump in the giant’s body would be nearly 530,000 gallons, enough to fill up the largest Olympics swimming pool. Weighing at 164,000 tons, Godzilla would stroll about at 18 mph and if it needed to pee, it would relieve itself by releasing thousands of gallons of urine every day.
The kind of mass Godzilla possesses, killing it may not require as much fire power as portrayed in the movie. A tool viscous enough to take down the creature would be this planet’s lovely ‘Gravity’. Taking the square cube law into consideration, one cannot scale up or down living objects and expect them to act the same way as Hollywood does. Take for example, a sky scrapper two times the width and height of a normal apartment building. What most people don’t realize is that a structure twice the width and height ends up weighing eight times more and requires a much stronger support structure than it would have needed at half size. Applying the same analogy to Godzilla, the bulkier and larger he gets, the harder it would be for his skeleton, bones, cartilage, and muscle to support the heavy weight structure. In water, the buoyancy may help, but as soon as Godzilla puts his foot on the ground and tries to stand up, his body will collapse under the force of gravity trying to support the giant’s massive weight.
The only plausible way Godzilla could exist on earth and retain its massive size would be if it had muscles and bones made of some alien super material. The other way would be natural selection, with Godzilla being gifted with some novel physiological strategies to survive earth’s gravity field and adverse environment. In either case, had Godzilla been for real, mankind would have had a serious problem to tackle.
by Omar Khan