We didn’t know what we had. So we didn’t realize all that we have lost. And, when dealing with planning recovery estimates for the world’s oceans’ biodiversity, scientists are discovering that their estimates were/are too low
Southern right whales used to be so common in New Zealand that people complained about the noise when the animals came near shore to give birth. The United Kingdom once teemed with large pods of blue whales, orcas, sharks and dolphins. And the East Coast of the United States supported at least a million metric tons of cod in the 1850s, 10 times more than today’s levels.
For the first time, scientists are piecing together a picture of how marine life has changed over the past few hundred years, and their newest results are surpassing even the experts’ imaginations.
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