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A blue whale lunges for krill

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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Next: Whales swim with a paddleboarder off the coast of Esperance, a seal herds fish off the coast of Australia’s Bondi Beach, and drones help scientists study Guatemalan volcanoes.

via Smithsonian Mag.


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