Never mind that whales are majestic creatures that migrate, sing to each other and feed on plankton rather than people. No, let's quit hunting them because of their poop.
Research is revealing that whale dung brings nutrients to the surface waters, which generates food for more fish by stimulating the growth of phytoplankton, the tiny organisms that are eaten by krill. These then become prey for fish. Phytoplankton also suck carbon dioxide out of the air, helping to limit global warming.
Ah, we had to get global warming in their somewhere, but that's okay. it seems that one of the rationalizations for whale hunting is that whales keep fish populations down - but the above indicates the opposite to be true.
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