Whales during Migration
Do humpback whales have special kinds of cells (mechanisms) that allow
them to not eat during their winter migration?
Whales eat a TON of small little crustaceans, called krill, and fatten up!
They can have up to 2 feet of fat around their bodies! This allows them to
travel for a while without eating a whole lot. They will also feed by
skimming (opening their mouth and letting the water rush through their
baleen, catching little bits of food as they go) which would allow them to
continue to migrate while eating.
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Update: June 2012