Do whales eat fish?

From: Jennifer Philips (jphilips@hawaii.edu)
Date: Wed Jan 30 2002 - 15:21:11 EST


hello,
my name is frank and i was told that the only whale to eat fish is the
killer whale. is that true?

Frank,

No, that is not true. Many species of whales eat fish, including the baleen
whales (whales with no teeth, such as blue whales, humpback whales, and
minke whales) and most of the toothed whales (including killer whales, sperm
whales, at least some beaked whales, narwhals and most species of dolphins,
to list a few). Most cetaceans (that is the scientific name for whales and
dolphins) eat fish at least part of the time.

Thanks for your question to Whalenet!
Jen Philips



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