Often likened to a grain of rice, this “copepod”—or microscopic crustacean—is the keystone of the sub-polar food web that makes the Gulf of Maine one of Earth’s richest marine ecosystems.
Both toothed and baleen (filter-feeding) whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. Blue whales, which measure up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and can weigh over 150 tons, are the largest animals in the history of life on Earth.
Low tide and all we hear
is the whale’s terrible breathing,
its body drying out
Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.