Fascinating bit about whales
by phil on Tuesday May 26, 2009 12:50 AM
"When a whale dies in shallow water, its carcass is typically devoured by scavengers over a relatively short period of time. However, in deeper water, fewer scavenger species exist, and the carcass can provide sustenance for a complex localized ecosystem over periods of decades."
- Wikipedia entry on Whale fall
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