Whales are the ‘engineers’ of the sea, researchers say

July 7, 2014 1:07 AM

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Whales are the ‘engineers’ of the sea, researchers say

Whales consume great numbers of fish and invertebrates, are themselves prey of other predators, and spread nutrients through the water.

After studying several decades of work on whales from around the world, researchers have learned that whales are the “engineers” of the sea — they have an impressive and positive influence on the function of oceans, global carbon storage and the health of commercial fisheries.

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