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On Dives, Hungry Whales Go Slow and Open Wide


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

Dee
- 1851 days ago - nytimes.com
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."

Read more at site..
 

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

Betsy Bee (1060)
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 (26)
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 yes..so sad that they are threatened in so many ways..
 

mary f. (180)
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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