06 Feb '12, 8pm

Plastic Pollution in the Oceans is Causing Problems for Whales, too.

Plastic Pollution in the Oceans is Causing Problems for Whales, too.

Every year, humans consume 70 million tons of seafood. Though this is an astonishing volume—one that has a serious impact on ocean populations —it cannot compare to sperm whales which consumer more than 100 million tons of seafood annually. Most of this consists of squid and small fish but—increasingly—plastic trash is making its way into the whales' diet as well. Sperm whales, specifically, have been identified as one of the most intelligent species in the ocean—if not on the planet. They posses the largest brains of any known animal—living or extinct—and use sounds and sonar to communicate with one another, organize into social groups , and even identify individuals by name . The cosmopolitan species has found great success and managed to establish itself in all of the world's oceans and many of the major seas. One of the keys to this success is their ability to dive dee...

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