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Title: Lunge Feeding in Rorqual Whales
The largest animals are baleen filter feeders that exploit large aggregations of small-bodied plankton. Although this feeding mechanism has evolved multiple times in marine vertebrates, rorqual whales exhibit a distinct lunge filter feeding mode that requires extreme physiological adaptations—most of which remain poorly understood. Here, we review the biomechanics of the lunge feeding mechanism in rorqual whales that underlies their extraordinary foraging performance and gigantic body size.
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Award ID(s):
1656656 1656691
Publication Date:
NSF-PAR ID:
10163077
Journal Name:
Physiology
Volume:
34
Issue:
6
Page Range or eLocation-ID:
409 to 418
ISSN:
1548-9213
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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