Journal: News & Comment

Friday, July 25, 2003
# 10:46:00 PM:

Many fewer

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The coursework for my degree in marine biology taught me that we know very little about the sea, especially the life in it. Giant squid and fish populations are two things we understand poorly.

Now we can add the number of whales. It turns out that whalers may have killed 15 times as many whales since the 1700s as we believed, and thus that many now-small populations of whales represent much more drastic decimations than we thought.

Sometimes it does seem that humans are a virulent virus in the ecosystem.


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