Ocean Acidification: A Whale Of A Time

By March 25, 2012 Ocean News
Ocean Acidification will affect Baleen Whales

Ocean Acidification: The Fact!

Ocean Acidification has become quite the hot topic in the science world, but not necessarily in the public world. There is a good chance that you have seen a video or read something about Ocean Acidification. But if you haven’t, here is a great video that explains the entire process:

So now that you know what Ocean Acidification is all about, we can start talking about how it will affect the Ocean.

Let’s start with what people connect with the most: whales. How can whales be affected by an increase in ocean acidity? Well, there won’t be affected directly; however, baleen whales (whale who eat plankton may be affected because plankton will directly be affected by Ocean Acidification.

Many plankton species build a shell around them, which is made of carbonate (the material that will be affected the most by Ocean Acidification. Some studies suggest that plankton populations will decrease by as much as 40%. This could have a huge toll on baleen whale populations who depend on plankton to feed.

Ocean Acidification will affect Baleen Whales

40% of plankton populations are predicted to decrease in the Ocean, which will indirectly affect Baleen Whales, who depend on plankton as their primary source of food.

You may think that this notion of a loss of baleen whale numbers ridiculous, but what do you think will happen to these whales when almost half of their major source of food is gone. Think what would happen if we lost all of our fish populations around the world, a food source for which many of the world’s human population depends upon. Our numbers would drop significantly. So the same thing would happen to the baleen whales.

So what do you think?

Do think that we might see a population drop in baleen whales due to a drop in plankton populations, or do you think this whole science thing is BS?

Let me know what you think in the comments below and let’s open up the discussion of this important topic.

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  • tony croft says:

    It isnt rocket science to deduce the impat of acidifcation on all the organisms that live in this ecosystem (oceans) so I fully agree the potential is there an significant enough to be very concerned. Not just forthe whales sake, but for biodiversity as a whole. A robust healthy eco system needs all its members. When one falls, they all fall, like dominoes

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