What happens when there are no more whales?


I was just listening to a podcast about singer/songwriter Bob Fox and he was singing some whaling songs of old about the ships, the whalers and how it was in some ways more fair when men risked their lives on sailing ships and throwing harpoons by hand. Whales were one of the reasons people came to New Zealand back in the 17 and 1800′s.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a long post. It just got me thinking about the ecosystem and how whales are part of the foodchain. I started wondering, not just about the whales as majestic mammals and how they should be left in peace, but what happens to the foodchain when the Japanese and others finally demolish them as a species and they can no longer propogate. Besides the tragic loss, could this be another element of man made Earth destruction that will add to our potential demise?

That gets me thinking of another thing which I won’t go into case I have things to do, but in 100,000 years, will aliens come to earth and find artifacts of an intelligent life form that somehow managed to make themselves extinct? Will the science fiction stories of human descendants come true with people coming back one day to find out what went wrong on earth and why there are no longer any humans living here?

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