Rare Footage Of 200-Ton Blue Whales Feeding On Krill

June 1, 2017

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This is some drone footage captured by researchers from Oregon State University of blue whales feeding on krill. While their feeding habits have been understood for some time, footage of the process has been rare prior to drone cameras, presumably because blue whales, like me, don't like being watched while they eat. Crazy fascinating stuff about a blue whale's mouth:

These mouths stretch far down the animals' bodies in blubbery extensions that allow them to ingest their weight in water and fish.


"It's equivalent to if you could shove your hand into your mouth and under the skin right down to your belly button," Robert Shadwick, a zoologist from the University of British Colombia, told the BBC when describing how the creature feeds. "A sort of pouch under the skin, which balloons out enormously -- almost into a spherical bubble."

This process of opening their mouths takes a lot of energy -- since the mouth acts as a sort of parachute. So whales have to be picky about what particular schools of krill are worth the effort.

Man, I wish I could shove my hand into my mouth and under the skin right down to my belly button. Then there's no way the circus side-show could deny me employment. But nooooo, the most I can get into my mouth is only three fingers like this *pukes everywhere* Hey I've been looking for that sword!

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Carmen, who agrees its not polite to study someone's eating habits unless they've already given you permission.

  • Munihausen

    Something is certainly fishy about that woman's scarf.

  • Dao

    It's like when we took my nanna to the all-you-can-eat restaurant in Western Australia a few years ago.

    RIP nanna.

  • IckyRickyB

    Oh look, krill.... "swim away!"

  • Jenness

    This is awesome but the drone panned away a bit right during the money shot a bit and almost got a crick in my neck trying to see it which is dumb but I felt like if I just tilted a little...bit.....more....I could see it.

  • captaindash

    Yup. They finally ALMOST capture the event. As a former videographer, I can't tell you how much that hurt my soul to watch. I would've claimed the memory card got damaged.

  • TheQiwiMan

    You lookin for a money shot??

    https://cdn.meme.am/cache/i...

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