CNN reported on a giant census conducted to count sea life. One of the first ways in which they used numbers was to note the amount of scientists and nations they were from to give an idea of who is involved, as well as a year it is intended to be completed. These numbers are laid out very accessibly and portray a good idea of the sheer size of the project.
The next way the article uses numbers is to depict the speed of a water current and carries food to starfish. At first this number seems unnecessary because such a small speed seems unimportant to note, but the article goes on to say that this speed is enough to provide the sea life with plenty of nourishment. This adds much more meaning to the number provided and ends up being a legitimate use of a specific data figure,
Lastly, the writer shares a fact that a jellyfish was found at a depth of 23,455 feet. This number is used very appropriately because it is a massive depth that seems unreal, so to share the exact figure provides the reader with an astonishing peek into the findings of this study.
The numbers are not overwhelming in this story because they are used only when they are pertinent to showing the reader just how useful and interesting this study is. The story is not scattered with random data that means nothing to a non-math oriented reader, but rather are used when it will clearly pique a reader's curiosity. Although each figure is not attributed, since this is recounting a study, it is implied that these figures are coming from the scientists. Since this story is centered around summarizing their study, it seems unnecessary that they would cite each and every figure.