Artificial whale poo experiment hoped to capture carbon – video

A group of scientists have pumped 300 litres of artificial whale poo into the ocean off Sydney’s coast. The team, known as WhaleX, hope that the mix of nitrogen, phosphorous and trace elements could be used as a way to capture carbon. Whale poo is known as an ocean fertiliser and a food for phytoplankton. When phytoplankton grow and multiply, they absorb carbon. WhaleX are hoping to snag a share of Elon Musk’s US$100m prize for capturing and storing carbon.

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