Subject: Eating habits of Orcas

bcooper@neaq.org
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 00:43:33 -0500 (EST)

 
> Dear Bob,
> 	Do orcas chew things in their mouth or do they tear it up and then swallow 
it
> whole?
> 						Thanks,
> 							Heather 

Heather,
	I believe that Orcas, like most toothed whales, swallow their food
whole. If a prey item is large enough they may crush it, tear it, or tear
chunks out if it . They are not really designed for chewing
their food. 

Hope it helps,

Bob Cooper