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Whales Eat Up to One-Third of Their Body Weight Each Day


Whales Eat Up to One-Third of Their Body Weight Each Day

We know whales as the mightiest sea animals, but most of us haven’t ever given a thought to their contribution to the marine ecosystem. Even the marine scientists did not have proper measurement tools to gauge as basic activities as the feeding pattern of whales.


There have been some researches in the past that are just recently nullified by research conducted for the marine Journal Nature. The research specifically studied the eating pattern of Baleen whales that include over fourteen species including blue whales (the largest sea mammal measuring up to 100 feet) and the humpback.


Previously, marine scientists were underestimating the food consumption of the species. The study found out that the average Baleen whales eat up to 30% of their body weight each day. The team conducted their research by tagging seven Baleen whale species (total 321 whales) from Pacific, Atlantic and Southern oceans.