Why you should care about whale poo
Speaker: Asha de Vos
Duration: 6 minutes
Suitability: All ages
Synopsis: Whales have an important and surprising job, so says marine biologist Asha de Vos. These massive and magnificent mammals are ecosystem engineers. They are keeping the oceans stable and healthy by – in a word – ‘pooping’, and also by decaying after death, in their ‘whale fall’. De Vos, a TED Fellow, explains the undervalued work that whales do to help maintain our seas, and ultimately the planet. She is dedicated to increasing awareness about Northern Indian Ocean blue whales, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of marine biologists.
Tags: TED talk, ecosystem, fertiliser, nutrient recycling, whale fall, save the whale.
Recorded: Oct-2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About Ted Talks
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design: TED Talks cover these topics as well as science, business, development, the arts, global issues and more – in over 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation. There are over 50 TED talks devoted to marine conservation which have been included in the Sea Fans Directory.
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