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Whale Poo Found to Benefit Fisheries in the Southern Ocean

Blue whale excrement is essential for fisheries in Southern Ocean

A blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) (Photo: David Slater / Flickr Creative Commons)

Whale feces probably doesn’t cross your mind very often, but when it does, you likely cringe at the thought of its size, sight, and smell. Blue whales, for example, grow to be longer than a school bus and rank as the largest animals known to live on Earth, so naturally, they’re going to eat—and poop—a lot. A new study found that whale dumpings are highly valuable to marine ecosystems, and they’re not something to write off as stinky or gross.


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