What do whales eat?
There are over 80 different species of whales inhabiting the oceans of the world.
Like other mammals, they must eat to survive.
They live in saltwater and breathe air, so their food sources must be readily available in the oceans as well as being high in nutrition and easy for an animal as large as a whale to catch and hold on to while underwater.
What Whales Eat
Whales are carnivores, which means their food must be meat and fish.
They eat a wide variety of marine life such as fish, squid, and krill.
However, some species of whales consume large mammals such as seals and perhaps even small whales called dolphins.
These species include orcas (killer whales), beluga whales, narwhals, and pilot whales.
Whales also eat a lot of different prey in a single year.
This includes thousands of tons of fish such as herrings, cod, anchovies, and capelin from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea where there is more plankton for them to eat.
A baleen whale (such as a blue whale) consumes around four tons of krill each day!
Where Do Whales Live?
Whales live all over the world in oceans that are deep enough to support their massive bodies.
They also require cold oceans without too much ice because they need access to surface waters for breathing and to warm up after dives.
Many species of whales migrate seasonally to follow the best food sources.
There are many types of whales and each one has a different diet based on the species, its size, and habitat.
However, all whales rely on a mixed menu of fish and krill as food sources.
Some may also prey on other types of aquatic mammals for a change in diet.
Whales have been around since long before people started hunting them.
They are an important and impressive part of our world and continue to provide us with valuable nutrients as they feed on the ocean’s upper-level food sources.
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