How humpback whales hunt with bubble nets


To learn more about how humpback whales use bubble nets in feeding, marine biologist David Wiley and colleagues attached digital suction cup tags to whales that recorded depth and orientation in 3D, revealing advanced “double-loop” bubble releases consisting of first one upward spiral to corral the prey, and then a second one to capture the corralled prey. Techniques as advanced as the tool use of apes in the forest.

I for one hope that they’ll one day glue a GoPro-like camera with night vision onto a sperm whale to see it go up against giant or even colossal squid.

Read more here in ScienceDaily and on Science Friday via (Danish languaged)


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