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Video tags reveal surprising details of blue whale feeding behavior

blue whale feeding
Photographs courtesy of John Durban (NOAA) and Michael Moore (WHOI); Chilean research permit MERI-488-FEB-2015
Nov 22 2017

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By Tim Stephens

The lunge feeding of blue whales is an extraordinary biomechanical event in which the largest animal on Earth accelerates and opens its mouth under water, expanding its enormous throat pouch to engulf a huge volume of water, then filtering out its prey (small crustaceans called krill) by forcing the water through sieve-like baleen plates.