Ecology of Whale Falls at the Deep-sea Floor Craig

  title={Ecology of Whale Falls at the Deep-sea Floor Craig},
  author={Roger Smith and Amy R Baco},
The falls of large whales (30–160 t adult body weight) yield massive pulses of labile organic matter to the deep-sea floor. While scientists have long speculated on the ecological roles of such concentrated food inputs, observations have accumulated since the 1850s to suggest that deep-sea whale falls support a widespread, characteristic fauna. Interest in whalefall ecology heightened with the discovery in 1989 of a chemoautotrophic assemblage on a whale skeleton in the northeast Pacific… CONTINUE READING
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