Whale food

From: Pieter Arend Folkens (animalbytes@earthlink.net)
Date: Fri Feb 16 2001 - 00:55:36 EST


>what do whales eat?

There are around 78 or so different species of whales in the order Cetacea.
There are two living suborders: Odontoceti and Mysticeti. These two groups
have adapted significantly different feeding mechanisms -- single prey item
foraging with teeth, and filter feeding on large numbers of prey. These two
groups have representatives spread all over the oceans. The range of food
items runs from the smallest non-aggregating invertebrates (copepods) to
the largest living animals on earth.

The answer to the question is first: which whale are you asking about? If
we were to list all of the things all of the whales eat, the list would be
over 500 species long!

Cheers,

Pieter Folkens

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