Every Breath You Take
Phytoplankton don’t just feed the ocean food chain though. These tiny plant like organisms float at the ocean surface, and use the magic of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide, sunlight and water to produce oxygen and sugar. Through the sheer mass of phytoplankton in the ocean, they are responsible for half the planet’s oxygen – quite literally the very air that we breathe!
Not only that, but whale poo powered phytoplankton also function as a carbon sink. When they die, they descend to the bottom of the ocean, sequestering an estimated 2 billion tons of carbon in the ocean every year. How’s that for a carbon footprint?