March 26, by Parley. The bowel movements of gentle giants set in motion a beautiful model for a circular economy. It goes like this: Whales poop, their poop feeds phytoplankton, which feeds krill… which feeds whales. The Southern Ocean alone accounts for the sequestration of billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
As a part of Grenada Sailing Week, our Education Director, Shelley and our Sustainability Director, Robyn traveled to the island and taught local Grenadian children about marine science. Over 15 species have been sighted swimming near Grenada, including sperm whales, orcas, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. We focused on teaching the kids about humpback whales, which are found in almost every ocean, and their food source, plankton. All you need is a piece of rope cut to 46 feet, the average size of a humpback whale. All of the students grabbed onto the rope and stretched it out. They were in complete awe of the size! You can also have the kids lie down head to toe along the rope to see how many students it would take to be the same length as a humpback whale.
All rights reserved. Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world's most powerful predators. They're immediately recognizable by their distinctive black-and-white coloring. Smart and social, orcas make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance.