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Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist, The University of California Santa Cruz


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Why do you care about blue whales?

As a blue whale researcher, I know why I care about the state blue whales are in today. I spend hours on the water with them and have the privilege of asking and exploring numerous questions. At the same time, i cannot stop marvelling at their immense size, agility, speed and awe-inspiring grace. I know why I care but right now, I just want to know why you care. Looking forward to hearing from lots of you!


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  • Nov 18 2012: I care about whales the same way that I care about all species. It's not that I have a specific love or fascination with just whales. I get defensive whenever a species is endangered because of system dynamics. We don't know how far the ripple s go; essentially it's the butterfly effect. If we kill the whales, the plankton will overpopulate, if there is too much plankton the ph levels of the ocean are thrown off and ALL species start dying (exaggerated example). We just don't know what kind of an affect our actions can have. It is best to try and maintain things as they are so as not to throw a wrench in the works.

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