Radiolab, a completely slick science-and-culture type of show on NPR, recently discussed a Whale Fall in one of their episodes. Whale carcasses represent pretty rich food sources in the oceans, and whole communities of organisms spring up when some poor cetacean kicks the bucket and drifts down to the seafloor. Anyway, a former intern of the show apparently was able to wrangle some very talented folks into making a completely awesome video illustrating the whale fall! The best part - it's all done using paper cut-outs! Cute little paper polychaetes, munching on a dead whale! What more can you ask for! Anyway, here's the video, yanked from the radiolab site:
Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.