Friday, March 28, 2008

Fluke of Nature

I love whales. I have had the good fortune of seeing several types of whales in their natural habitat doing what whales do, naturally. I have seen Humpbacks, Orcas and little Minke whales in Alaska and down the Pacific coast. One of the most fascinating things I have seen Humpbacks do is something called "bubble-netting". This is a feeding behavior that takes the coordinated work of at least two whales. They dive and round up schools of fish in their exhaled bubbles---casting a "net" of bubbles. They then plow through the netted fish and have a feast as the water rushes through their baleen. Sort of like some folks I have seen in the buffet line at Sizzlers.

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