Why are whales and dolphins important for the oceans?
June 9, 2021
Yesterday we released our second collaboration with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Tursiops sunglasses. A collaboration that supports WDC and their vision, a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
Three main ways in which it is important to have whales and dolphins in the ocean include:
Marine biodiversity, whales are like the ocean’s gardeners – they enrich the ocean through the ways they feed, defecate and even die (‘whale falls’ create oases for life on the seabed). Many other sea creatures rely on the existence of whales and dolphins.
Climate crisis, whales and dolphins capture and help to lock away carbon from the atmosphere, their faeces fertilizes the vast floating forests of phytoplankton that take carbon dioxide out of the air and pumps oxygen back in. Whales are like giant swimming trees and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has estimated that just one whale could have the same climate impact as 30,000 trees!
Tourism, wild whale and dolphin watching is now a multi-billion dollar industry around the world and is an important source of income and employment for coastal communities and provides a sustainable alternative to the pointless and cruel practice of whaling, and keeping these intelligent creatures in small tanks for entertainment.
But even if we ignore all these benefits that we and the planet can enjoy from whales and dolphins, they are simply an awesome species and are individuals in their own right, having swum our seas for 30 million years and developed extraordinary abilities, cultures and even societies. They have a right to swim wild and free.
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