What Happens When A Blue Whale Dies

What Happens When A Blue Whale Dies?



What Happens When A Blue Whale Dies
Blue whale
> The largest animal species, the blue whale can weigh 200 tons. When a blue whale dies, other animals may feast on its remains for more than a century.

>When the carcass sinks to the ocean floor, it is first warmed by mobile scavengers such as sleeper sharks, hagfish, and king crabs who nibble away at soft tissue-for up to a decade. When they finish, worms, snails, clams, and limpets settle in on the lipid-rich carcass for another ten years or so. Joining them are recently discovered gutless zombie worms that bore into the bones and mine the lipids, assisted by bacteria inside their bodies.
What Happens When A Blue Whale Dies
orca killer whale 
>Then more clams, snails, crustaceans, and worms feed on sulfides released by bacteria that have invaded the bones of the carcass. This stage may last a hundred years. Even after all the nutrients are depleted, the blue whale's crumbled carcass provides a reeflike home for filter feeders.


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