whale fall

(名詞) 先前沈入海底、現為許多不同海洋生物賴以生存的鯨魚屍體。亦寫成 whalefall

Scripps scientists, in association with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, discovered the worms living upon whale carcasses that had fallen to the ocean floor off Monterey, Calif. These "whale falls" spawn unique communities of marine animals that can feed off the carcass for decades.
—Jessica Crawford, "Help Name New Species of Deep-Sea Worms," University of California at San Diego News, May 16, 2011

The scientific goal of the burial at sea was to create a place that researchers can spend years monitoring the biology of a "whale fall."
—Mike Lee, "Whale almost didn't sink with 14,000 pounds," The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 4, 2011