Thursday, July 14, 2011

You know why you shouldn't kill whales? It's because whale poop prevents hurricanes

Loss of top animal predators has massive ecological effects | e! Science News
Industrial whaling in the 20th century resulted in the loss of large numbers of plankton-consuming great whales, which are now known to sequester carbon into the deep sea through deposition of feces. The result has been the transfer of approximately 105 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere that would have been absorbed by whales, contributing to climate change.

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