Humpback Whale Feeding Habits



Humpback whale is a baleen whale that is found in every ocean in the world and that follows a regular migration pattern every year except those in the Arabian sea which live there all year round and do not follow this steady migration pattern. This particular whale enjoys swimming in the more temperate climates which is the reason for its steady migration all over the world and the absence of this migration pattern in the Arabian sea. The temperate climates also allow for the humpback whale to raise its calves. When it comes to feeding, the humpback whale does its feeding in the more polar climates of the world.

The humpback whales that are in the oceans of the planet are very large and stunning animals that often eat krill and small shrimp in addition to many different kinds of fish. For a creature that weighs 40 tons this means that the humpback whale must eat enormous amounts of krill and small fish to survive. The humpback whales eat about one and a half tons of food each day due to their large size. This is seen by many as one of the more interesting humpback whale facts because of the astonishing amount of krill this suggests that the whales eat. The humpback whale has many (around 400) fringed plates that overlap and hang from the sides of its upper jaw such as with all baleen whales. These plates are black in color and are located where teeth would be in other whales. The humpback whales plates are about 30 inches long in most cases. When the humpback eats its throat expands to help invite large amounts of water and food into the stomach. The plates that the whale has allow the water to be expelled and the food to remain in the mouth and throat of the whale.




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