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A blue whale lunges for krill

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How can the largest creatures on the planet survive by almost exclusively eating some of the smallest creatures in the sea? In this video from Oregon State University, we get a very rare look at how blue whales eat tiny crustaceans called krill, and how the whales decide if a given krill swarm is worth lunging for. A research drone provides the bird’s-eye view while marine ecologist Leigh Torres narrates.

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via Smithsonian Mag.

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