Feeding

Tooth vs. Baleen Strategies
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are all predators. But the way they catch their prey depends on what they are eating. Learn more

Learned Behaviors
Some species, such as humpbacks, orcas, and bottlenose dolphins have devised hunting schemes that are taught to juveniles and others in their pods. The best known is bubble net feeding used by some populations of humpback and Bryde’s whales. A small pod of whales will form a circle, one or two will blow bubbles into the water trapping a school of baitfish inside this bubble curtain, and then one whale will signal the others to surge through the school of fish with mouths open to trap the fish. Learn more

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