Blue whale feeding in surface waters
Today’s Video of the Day from Oregon State University features drone footage of a blue whale feeding on krill along the surface of the ocean.
The OSU scientists recently discovered a population of whales in New Zealand and set out to investigate their feeding behavior.
Leigh Torres is an assistant professor and director of the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory at OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute.
“People think about whales having to dive deep to get to the densest prey patches, but if they can find their prey in shallow waters, it’s actually more energetically profitable to feed near the surface,” said Professor Torres.
“In this population of whales in New Zealand, they foraged more in areas where their prey was dense and shallow.”
Video Credit: Oregon State University