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On Dives, Hungry Whales Go Slow and Open Wide

Animals  (tags: animals, mammals, whales, Bowheads, diving, feeding, wild life, ocean )

- 3220 days ago -
What's the whale to do? It could filter-feed only occasionally, or it could feed continuously but slow down. Either way reduces drag, and thus the energy expended.

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Dee C (23)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 5:12 am
"The bowhead whale has a tough task when it comes to diving and feeding. Opening its huge mouth to expose its baleen plates, so it can filter plankton and other organisms from seawater, creates a lot ofextra drag. But the bowhead has only a limited supply of oxygen for each dive."

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. (0)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 5:21 am
Thannnnxxxx Dee...

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 6:08 am
The bowhead whale is a baleen whale perfectly designed by evolution to feed exactly as it does.

. (0)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 1:48 pm
So many threats to the whales in the oceans
Pollution,sonars,whaling,global warming,ship collitions ect
My heart cries for them

Brooke Boroughs (24)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 2:03 pm
Me, too, Claudia!

Dee C (23)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 3:53 pm
They are fantastic creatures..and sad that they are threatened in so many ways..

mary f (202)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 3:19 am
whales are so amazing why can't they be let alone?

Glenda J (158)
Monday November 9, 2009, 1:12 pm
Unfortunate our Whales are facing a whole new dilemma in surviving
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