More whales, more plankton, less greenhoouse effect.
Is the summary of the study commissioned by the International Monetary Fund about the largest animal on Earth, as part of its analysis about global warming.
The whale ecosystem absorbs 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide production! 37 millon tons, according to the study, or the equivalent of 1700 millions of trees, which amounts to four times the size of the Amazon Jungle.
During their 50/60 years of average life expectancy, one specimen absorbs approximately 33 tons of CO2 (a tree absorbs 20 kg). In practice, whales poduce phytoplankton in huge concentrations and this component is responsible for the absorption of carbon dioxide.
The cetaceans transport minerals to the surface, found in the depths of the sea, and, well beyond their demise, continue to help the environment since their corpses carry anhydride to the bottom of the oceans, where it remains for centuries.
Biologists have discovered that plankton is as plentiful as the amount of whales roaming the area. In the Dominican Republic it is found in vast quantities. From mid-January until mid-March, the Humpback whales reach the warm waters of the Samana Peninsula like clockwork.
These mammals travel the oce 5,000 km to give birth to their young in the waters of the Caribbean Ocean. They measure up to 16 meters in length, swim in small herds and, all throughout their lifespan, belong to the same group, like a family.
Boat trips to get closer to this type of whales are regulated by the Ministry of Environment. Admiring them from up-close is a thrilling experience, observing their slow, yet constant motion and respiration emanating sprinkles of water in the air. Trips departing from our adult-only resort, V Samaná, we provide during two months different opportunities for the enjoyment of this unforgettable natural show.