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Do blue whales eat birds?

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Asked by: Ryo Boelkens

They feed on fish and squid like other toothed whale species, but will also target seals, sea birds and even other whale species – even if they are far bigger than themselves. Killer whales are also the only known predator of great white sharks.

Do whales ever eat birds?

While the extent of this collateral damage remains unknown, there have been reports of whales lunge feeding and ingesting birds all along the west coast of North America.

What does blue whales eat?


Blue whales are the largest animals ever to live on our planet. They feed almost exclusively on krill, straining huge volumes of ocean water through their baleen plates (which hang from the roof of the mouth and work like a sieve). Some of the biggest individuals may eat up to 6 tons of krill a day.

Do blue whales eat other animals?

The blue whale’s diet consists almost entirely of krill, but they also eat a small percentage of copepods and fish. The blue whale’s diet consists almost entirely of krill. These are small marine crustaceans that look a bit like shrimp.

What do blue whales eat the most?


Blue whales eat krill – tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans that live throughout Earth’s oceans. The huge whales can eat up to four tonnes of krill every day. Blue whales lunge through large swarms of krill with their mouths open, taking in more food in one mouthful than any other animal on Earth.

Do blue whales eat penguins?

Penguins are flightless birds that live in the southern regions of the Southern Hemisphere. These birds have multiple predators in the wild. Things that eat penguins include seals, sharks and other birds. Most species of whales are not known to prey on penguins.

Can a blue whale swallow a human?

Even if they tried to swallow a human whole, they wouldn’t be able to fit a person down their throat. Blue whales won’t even attempt to eat small marine mammals, let alone a human. There are no known recorded events of a blue whale ever eating or consuming a person partially or wholly except in stories and mythology.

Could a whale swallow a human?

Despite occasional reports of whales scooping people into their mouths, it’s incredibly rare—and for all but one species, swallowing a human is physically impossible.

Is a blue whale’s heart?

Check out these facts of the heart of the world’s largest creature, the Blue Whale. A blue whale’s heart is the biggest on the planet, weighing 400 pounds. That’s the weight of about 35 gallon paint cans. A blue whale’s heart is only 1% of its body weight – however the whale’s immense weight is supported by water.

Do blue whales eat sharks?

But they eat sharks, too.
They’re absolutely brilliant; it’s how I got the photo above. Chatting before a trip, one of the pilots also mentioned that he’d watched a sperm whale hunt down a blue shark. That settled it.

Do whales eat dolphins?

Looking at all populations, orcas are generalist eaters, consuming fish, seals and sea lions, dolphins and porpoises, sharks and rays, large whales, cephalopods (octopods and squids), seabirds and more.

What eats an orca?

Orcas are apex predators, which means they’re at the very top of the food chain and they have no predators. Killer whales are some of the largest and most powerful animals in the ocean, and no other predator is able to challenge them.