New research published in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that sperm whale excrement is actually good for the environment. The iron rich waste fertilizes and nourishes phytoplankton, which in turn reduce atmospheric CO2, turning it to oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Phytoplankton actually account for half of all photosynthetic activity on earth. Lead author for The Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Trisha Lavery, told Discovery News:
"If Southern Ocean sperm whales were at their historic levels, meaning their population size before whaling, we would have an extra 2 million tonnes (2,204,623 tons) of carbon being removed from our atmosphere each and every year"
All the more reason why we should be protecting these endangered creatures.
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