"The smell is potent for a quarter mile, and lasts for weeks."
June 19, 2017 1:01 PM Subscribe
Every year, thousands of drowned wildebeest feed this African ecosystem. These mass drownings occur when an estimated 1.2 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania. Their ecologically important migration is under increasing threat. Ecologist Amanda Subalusky describes the aftermath and importance of a recent mass wildebeest drowning in the Mara River, where she conducts ecosystem research with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. According to her co-author, Emma Rosi, "To put this in perspective, it's the equivalent of adding ten blue whale carcasses to the moderately-sized Mara River each year."