On the sublime significance of a load of whale crap.

The marine biology-watchers at CBS would like to remind us of one of our planet’s under-appreciated treasures:

A new study suggests that whale excrement plays a vital role in protecting the ecology of the world’s oceans and their fisheries. The study, published in the online journal PLoSONE, showed that the nutrient-rich “slurry” of poo whales leave in their wakes helps feed the tiny floating plants (phytoplankton) – which, in turn, are eaten by fish and other animals.

In other words, whales are laying down an important stink link in the food chain that sustains human life.