Ecology Of Right Whales



There are many things still to be learned about the right whale but there is also plenty of information that has been already made available to the public and which is the result of years of observation of this creatures. Whales are some of the most fascinating animals in the ocean and this is why it is important for people to learn more about them. Here one can read more about the right whale ecology and more specifically about the food that these animals eat what their predators are and what is their habitat.

One might think that because of their sizes, whales can eat basically everything, no matter the size of the prey. However, these animals are known to eat mainly zooplankton which entails very small crustaceans, krill, and pteropods. Yet, they have been observed, although in rare occasions, to be also opportunistic feeders. The right whale is known to filter the prey from the water meaning that they commonly swim while having their mouth open and getting it filled with water and food. The water is removed by blowing while the prey is retained with the help of their baleen plates. This can occur at the surface of the water or underwater and it may even take place on the bottom of the ocean. The only condition for the prey to be 'suitable' is that it needs to be large enough and slow enough.

Right whales do not have many natural predators. They might be hunted by orcas and humans alone and have been observed to form a circle with their tails pointing on the outer side of the circle when they feel in danger. These whales can be seen in three different parts of the globe including the North Atlantic, North pacific and the Southern Ocean. They will be found in areas between 20 and 60 degrees latitude mainly because of the temperature of the water which prevents them from crossing the equatorial line.


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