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Oceanographers Say Dead Whales Provide Deep-Sea Living Legacy

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February 21, 2000
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Dead whales may tell no tales, but they are an undersea encyclopedia to scientists who believe they may provide the building blocks for a variety of deepwater creatures.

Dead whales may tell no tales, but they are an undersea encyclopedia to scientists who believe they may provide the building blocks for a variety of deepwater creatures. Craig Smith, a biological oceanographer at the University of Hawaii, and other researchers, have been conducting research on the ecology of whale falls – the whale corpses that drop to the bottom of the ocean – supported in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Undersea Research Program and its West Coast and Polar Regions Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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