Why saving sperm whales is more important than ever

Via Scoop.itEarth Island Institute Philippines

“Australian researchers have found that the iron-rich faeces of sperm whales living in the Southern Ocean boosts the growth of phytoplankton, marine plants which suck in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They estimate that the whales are responsible for removing 400,000 tonnes of carbon each year, twice as much as they contribute through respiration.   According to the scientists, based at Adelaide’s Flinders University, they would be disposing of 10 times as much carbon were it not for commercial whaling. Their faeces is useful because it is emitted in liquid form close to the surface of the ocean, where phytoplankton is found, according to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences…”   to read more, please click the title…
Via http://www.independent.co.uk