When blue whales feed

Video BLUE WHALE

The biggest animal on the planet, feasting on the smallest ones. What a surreal drone shot.

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YouTube: Slater Moore

They have a skeleton of a blue whale in the whale museum in Husavik / Iceland. It’s huge. Incredibly huge. We stood there for at least half an hour, just marvelling.

You really need some time just to walk along, all the way from mouth to fluke. And you need some time, too, to get a feeling of how huge this animal is. Look at his giant mouth! You could park a middle sized car in it! 

Blue whales are the biggest animals of all time. Pure giants. Being that big you need to be really efficient. Blue whales have an average heart rate of about four to six beats per minute. The whole animal is totally slowed down, it has to save energy wherever possible.

That’s why the biggest animal on the planet feeds on one of the smallest ones: krill. Blue whales eat five to eight tons. Per day. And mostly they feed with no effort at all. With their giant mouth wide open, blue whales swim right into large schools of fish or krill, filter feeding with their long baleens. This is called lunge feeding.

You have to be very lucky to witness a special moment like this. Luckily, Slater Moore had his drone ready! This was shot in California, a great place for whale watching allover the year.

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More INFORMATION

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CALIFORNIA

In California, you can meet a lot of different whales throughout the year - between July and November even blue whales.

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ICELAND

Iceland is your best bet in Europe to meet blue whales. Most likely at the beginning and end of summer.

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WHALEPLANNER

One year of whale watching in just one infographic. With free download!

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10 TIPPS

Ten simple things to keep in mind about responsible whale watching.