Subject: Whale Question (food)

Robert Kenney (rkenney@gsosun1.gso.uri.edu)
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 16:21:37 -0500

At 13:26 12/11/98 EST, you wrote:
>What is the most popular foods that Whales/porpoises eat?
>
It depends on the species.  Whales, dolphins and porpoises eat fish, squid,
krill (shrimp-like crustaceans) and zooplankton (tinier crustaceans).  Some
species are picky eaters (right whales eat zooplankton, blue whales eat
krill, Risso's dolphins eat squid) and others will eat a larger variety of
things (humpback whales will eat krill or small fish, many dolphins eat
either squid or fish).

Cheers,
Dr. Bob

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