Why Are Whales Important?

Whales are important for a number of reasons.

First whales have become an important topic for study among marine biologists and scientists.

Biological studies in behavior, echolocation, language, intelligence, environmental impact and various other topics have helped scientists learn so much about the whale species and their impact on this world.

Whales help to regulate the flow of food (by stabilizing the food chain) in the ocean.

A blue whale for example can consume as much as 40 million krill per day so you can imagine the impact this would have on stabilizing the aquatic ecosystem if the blue whale species were to become extinct.

Even whale poop plays a large role in helping to offset carbon in the atmosphere.

Studies have shown that the nutrients in sperm whale poop helps stimulate the growth of phytoplankton which pulls carbon from the air providing a cleaner and healthier breathing environment for all animals.

Estimates state that as much as 400,000 tonnes of carbon are extracted from the air due to these whales each year!

In additional to feeding carbon fighting phytoplankton the fact that whale poop stimulates the growth of phytoplankton means that it also helps feed other species that feed on phytoplankton for their survival, which help feed the fish allowing them to thrive and reproduce, and the fish feed many other species that eat fish to survive.

In short whale poop plays a major role in maintaining the cycle of aquatic life and is just one of the many different things that make whales so important.

Whale watching has become a big international spectator sensation over the last several decades.

Billions of dollars have been spent by people hoping to get a glance at these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

This spending has led to increases in economic growth and stimulation for both wealthy and developing economies world-wide and has become a major source of income for some countries as a part of their tourist attraction.

In the past whales played an important (albeit sad) role in our economic system.

Whale parts and oil were sold and used for many different things including soap, margarine, corset material and transmission oil additives.

During the whaling era many species were slaughtered causing many of them to become endangered and causing all sorts of environmental changes which have effected the earths ecosystem from increased levels of carbon dioxide to global warming (which is affecting our polar ice caps) and changes in the feeding habits of many aquatic lifeforms due to a destabilized food chain.

Four reasons why whales are important to our environment:

  1. Whales play an important role in stabilizing the aquatic food chain and reproduction of other species. As more whales are killed the food distribution in the ocean becomes destabilized and causes changes in the food supply of many other kinds of marine life.
  2. Scientific studies of the cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoises) has led to a lot of discoveries and advancements regarding echolocation, aquatic environments, marine life/biology and marine mammal intelligence and other important oceanic topics.
  3. Whale poop plays a large role in stabilizing the offset of carbon in the atmosphere providing a healthier environment for both land and aquatic lifeforms.
  4. Whale watching and various other spectating activities have brought in billions of dollars helping stimulate economic growth in various cities, states and countries.