by Captain Paul Watson
Restoring worldwide whale populations could contribute greatly to mitigating climate change.
With 95% of the traditional Blue whale population gone and with between 70% and 95% of other species of whale removed, one consequence has been all but ignored.
Rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere is a cause for increased acidity in the sea and for global warming.
And for millions of years, whales have been busy regulating CO2 emissions in the most unlikely manner.
It’s called the whale pump.
The Blue whale, for example, consumes tons of krill every day and every day excretes tons of whale shit. That whale shit is full of iron. These daily dumps are called flocculent fecal plumes. These fecal plumes provide hundreds of thousands of tons of nutrients every year to phytoplankton creating plankton blooms, which not only produce 80% of the oxygen for our planet but also remove carbon.
Whales are also huge reservoirs for carbon and when they die, they take that carbon to the bottom of the sea.
One of the contributing factors to climate change is vastly diminished whale populations that have resulted in diminished plankton numbers.
A contributing factor to present day climate change is the diminishment of whale numbers in the sea.
Thus one solution to climate change is to restore whale populations to what they were prior to the devastating slaughter by humanity.
Every species has a role to play within the eco-system in which they live. Whales play an important role in reducing carbon emission and producing oxygen. This is far more important than being served up with some rice in a Tokyo sushi bar.