Godzilla may only be a work of fiction but that didn’t stop Danielle Venton from trying to come up with an accurate anatomical description for the beast. The result is a fun illustration by Andrew Rae complete with doomed little green army men and helicopters.
Since his first awakening, the radioactive, fire-spewing kaiju has grown 200 feet and put on more than 150,000 tons. Godzilla is now 30 stories tall and weighs as much as a cruise ship. No actual animal could take the pressure of being so massive: It would overheat, its organs would implode, and it would need to mainline butter to get enough calories. For fun, we surveyed scientists to help us break down the beast’s biology. If Godzilla were real, he would be an incredible specimen.
It’s all a part of Popular Mechanics’ Science Fact vs. Science Fiction series which asked real scientists to surmise how a real Godzilla could function. They say it’s impossible, but let’s see what they say when the kaiju finally get their act in gear and start tearing up Tokyo.