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What organisms live in whale falls?

What organisms live in whale falls?

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Asked by J. Lautner, Last updated: Dec 12, 2020

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W. Pratt

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Answered Dec 07, 2018

Many organisms live under whale fall, the organisms that have been observed to live at deep whale falls include organisms like; squat lobsters, bristle worms, shrimp, osedax, crab, sea cucumber, sleeper shark, hagfish and giant isopods. These organisms first eat of the meat off the meat of the carcass.

When a whale dies in the ocean, the body sinks to the bottom and when the body come to rest at the sea floor it is referred to as whale fall. A whale fall can support an entire ecosystem for about 50 to 100 years.

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