The article corresponds to news items I've seen over the years which, taken all together, paint a worrisome picture. Garbage patches the size of large states are floating around in the Pacific. Tens of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water have been dumped into the Pacific from the melting-down Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. 172 million gallons of oil in the Gulf are now slicking the bottom of the sea and killing sea life there. At least 8.1 million gallons of toxic Corexit (and likely more, according to Congressman Ed Markey)were thrown after the oil in the gulf.
Keep in mind water migrates and mixes over time. Drilling platforms are crusting coastlines worldwide, bringing dramatic changes to ecosystems over the past 100 years. It's not rocket science; when you look at the overall picture and consider the fact that major problems combined can increase loss exponentially, the oceans are in very big trouble. And if we lose them, as a species, we're done. They are literally that important.
So--what does all this mean for the subject at hand? To me, it suggests that larger animals might not exist in the numbers needed to finish consuming human remains as quickly as the big cats and hyenas picked that elephant clean. The elephant's a lot bigger, but there was a lot of activity there.
No one has so far brought up that cistern that Citizen Q photographed and sent to the court..