January 3rd, 2011 by J.H. Soeder
There is a very real danger that will destroy the marine eco system
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It is a known fact that the once plentiful Sea of Japan is no longer a source for fisherman. It has been discovered that fish migrations have moved their feeding grounds further north or south. One of the prime food sources for fish at the lower end of the food chain is krill. However, recent studies have shown dwindling krill populations. Pro-whalers contend that dwindling krill levels are due to the massive consumption of krill by whales. The main contenders to this theory is Japan and Iceland.
Krill feed on plankton. Plankton feed on nitrogen rich particulate matter found in sea water.
It has recently been discovered and reported that whale poop (feces) when released by a whale, has converted the krill it has eaten into energy. However the waste byproduct is a nitrogen rich particulate matter. This particulate matter is eaten by plankton, which in turn feeds not only the krill, but the rest of the marine food chain.
Killing whales, who are a major source of nitrogen rich particulate matter (rather big poop and lots of it!), reduces the amount of food once available for the microscopic food chain. When one considers that the entire whale population once numbered in millions about 100 years ago but now is in the tens of thousands, that extinction of whales severely threatens the entire marine food chain.
The result is less fish. And guess what? We are already depleting the seas of large fish and whales. Additionally there is a new fad, taking the world by storm.
Omega 3 krill oil.
Not only is the oil extracted from fish but from krill. So we are now depleting that resource from the marine environment.
It is ironic that the fate of the marine environment depends on whale poop. One can even laugh and joke about it. Yet it is honestly far from funny.
What man has done is replace nitrogen with toxic pollutants such as mercury. In the above link as commented in the TOKYO METROPOLIS, Japan has greatly assisted in the polluting of our waters. And the result is that higher levels of mercury are found in many fish species including whales. It is mans contribution to the sea.
Allowing whaling on large scale is and has been over time depleting our seas at microscopic levels we are only beginning to uncover. Now it becomes even more critical that more take a stand and protect our seas and our whales, before it is too late.
And as technologically advanced we think we are on this planet, whales have us beat in balancing the environment.