PHEW! This was a close call. Southeast Alaska’s humpback whales can put on outstanding cooperative bubblenetting feeding displays..sometimes at very close range! With all these open mouthed humpback whales lunging to the surface to gulp down herring, the poor little fish don’t have much of a chance.
Look closely at the open mouth of the humpback whale for a close up view of its baleen plates. Baleen whales such as humpbacks lunge to the surface, gulping their prey along with about 15,000 gallons of seawater. Closing their jaws, the whales squeeze out seawater, trapping prey such as herring or krill in the plates of baleen that line the tops of their mouths. One quick slurp of the tongue and then it’s on to the next mouthful of food.
Southeast Alaska, USA
July 20, 2012
Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, Canon 1.4 extender, 1/1250, f/4.0, ISO 100, focal length 98mm