Subject: Effects of whale extinction

Martine Berube (martine@sbs.bangor.ac.uk)
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 15:49:51 GMT

At 04.14 AM 17-03-1999 -0800, you wrote:
>dear Dr. Martine Berube,
>
>
>  I'm a student in the Philippines doing a research on whales and sea
>cows (dugong).  I was wondering what would be the effects of whale
>extinction on the marine ecosystem.
>  
>sincerely, 
>
>mike
>
>p.s.  any thoughts on sea cows?  may i also ask for sites which tackle
>sea cows as an endangered species.
>thnx.
>  
Dear Mike,
The marine ecosystem, as any type of ecosystems, is collection of
interdependent parts. Therefore, all elements, including whales, of an
ecosystem are important in order to maintain its stabitily. 
I would like to refer you to a few websites:
http://www.noaa.gov/str-plan/rps.htm
http://www.seaworld.org/manatee/conservman.html
http://www.wwfcanada.org/facts/manatee.html
http://www.savethemanatee.org/
Good luck with your research,
Martine