Whale Facts and Why we Need Them for our Ocean Whales live in our Ocean, communicating through complex and beautiful sounds.They are the biggest animal on earth and can weigh as much as 200 tons. At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. How do They Help our Environment? By the time a whale dies, it will have absorbed 33 tons of carbon from the atmosphere. The whales body will carry the tons of carbon down to rest on the Ocean floor, where it can remain for centuries 🐋 The beautiful beats also fertilise the Ocean with their feces and urine, leading to large phytoplankton blooms. Phytoplankton produce at least 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere and capture an estimated 40% of all the carbon dioxide produced in the world, according to the IMF report. “To put things in perspective, we calculate that this is equivalent to the amount of CO2 captured by 1.70 trillion trees — four Amazon forests’ worth,” the report says. As if we needed another reason to love whales even more. The Future of our Whales Restoring whale populations to their pre-whaling numbers could be an important tool in tackling climate change, sequestering carbon both directly and indirectly, and thus helping to make a small dent in the enormous volume of CO2 emitted by fossil fuels every year. In 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a report looking at the benefits of putting whales back in the Ocean. And they did it in a way that politicians would understand: by putting a money value on it. This study found that, when you add up the value of the carbon sequestered by a whale during its lifetime, alongside other benefits like better fisheries and ecotourism, the average great whale is worth more than £1.48m, with the entire global stock amounting to over $£740bn. Whales our invaluable to our future, their future, is our future. Check out this incredible report published by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation to get more information.