Believe it or not, sometimes a Blue whale swims by New York Harbor. Now and then one can be spotted at Sandy Hook, Sea Bright or Long Branch NJ. A rare but beautiful sight!
What It Looks Like When The Planet’s Biggest Creature Gets Hungry
“It’s just an amazing sequence of events.”
By Nick Visser
04/19/2017 03:33 am ET
Researchers who captured the rare moment when a blue whale decides to gobble up a patch of krill now hope their drone video will help them better understand the largest animal on Earth.
Scientists at Oregon State University observed the feeding off the coast of New Zealand and recorded the moment that a blue whale opened its maw to engulf a cloud of krill, the animals’ primary food source.
“This is something we often see from the boat ... with the drone we were able to get this remarkable new perspective,” Leigh Torres, a marine spatial ecologist at Oregon State, said in the video. “Here we see the animal recognize that there’s a big krill patch, he ... turns on his side, pumps his flukes, opens his mouth and lunges right for it. It’s just an amazing sequence of events.”