#video | How-whales prey on fish by using traps?

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#video | How-whales prey on fish by using traps?

Humpback whales weigh about 30,000 pounds

While observing the animals, you can make sure that they are very sophisticated hunters. In one of our previous articles we talked about the cunning with which bats can detect insects that can and the bark of trees. Now it is time to tell about the method of hunting humpback whales in schooling fish. Working in teams, they form from air bubbles cunning trap and allow each other to consume large quantities of food. Researchers from the U.S. state of Hawaii were able to film the hunt humpback whales in the video is a truly amazing sight.

Unlike blue whales, which mainly feed on plankton, humpback whales love to eat the schooling fish. And they eat only in designated periods to gain more subcutaneous fat and not to starve during migration and wintering. During the hunger strikes, they lose up to 30% of their weight, so they are extremely important for once to consume a lot of tiny fish. To subsist, they have to work together.

How do whales eat?

In the hunt and can participate from two humpback whales. One of them swims up under a flock of tiny fish and begins to swim in a spiral, while exhaling air. Fish are surrounded by bubbles and starts to bunch up at the surface. There they are in almost a hopeless position, in which the second humpbacked whale remains only to swim through a school of fish with an open mouth. Subsequently, the whales change their roles and the trap of bubbles forms already well-fed individual.

did you know that the wild whales

In the twentieth century was in danger of becoming an endangered species, but in 1985, hunting them was prohibited. After the adoption of such measures population water giants began to recover, but in the past five years, scientists began to notice a decrease in their number. Perhaps the reason for the new decline of populations of humpback whales are , but scientists can not yet confirm this theory. Investigating at the moment are researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and that they were able to film the hunting of whales in the video.

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For removing fascinating cameras they used two types of shooting. First, they armed themselves with flying over water a drone. Secondly, they are pre-attached on the bodies of whales underwater cameras to observe the process of "first-person". View to hunt whales on the video below and read the details of the study on .

It is Noteworthy that this strategy of hunting is used not only humpback whales, but other underwater inhabitants. For example, bottlenose dolphins of the genus Tursiops are able to work together to raise the sediment from the bottom and form a similar trap. It also get schooling fish, which in the end can not be stretched out to the sides and become easy prey for other species of dolphins. Of course that generated the trap Dolphin will not remain hungry — relatives help him to eat the same way.

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