Posted Thu, Jul 10, 2014 by Madeleine Simon to baleen whales, great whales, sperm whales, whale ecosystem functioning, whales
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus). (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Scott Portelli)
In June, researchers found that whale poo is highly beneficial to marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean since it is rich in iron. Now, new findings show that whales’ contribution to the sea goes far beyond just their excrements.