Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/01/26

How whales help cool the Earth

The bodies of whales, among the largest creatures on Earth, are huge stores of carbon (Credit: Alamy)

“Seeing a whale stranded on a beach often provokes a strong reaction. It can make people curious – beached whales can do strange things, like explode. It can also be upsetting to witness a creature so magnificent in water reduced to lifeless blubber on land. What rarely registers, however, is the lost opportunity for carbon sequestration.
Whales, particularly baleen and sperm whales, are among the largest creatures on Earth. Their bodies are enormous stores of carbon, and their presence in the ocean shapes the ecosystems around them.
From the depths of the ocean, these creatures are also helping to determine the temperature of the planet – and it’s something that we’ve only recently started to appreciate.”

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Fonte: Future Planet, 20 de janeiro de 2021


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