Fact of the Day: Humpback Whale

Posted Mon, Aug 16, 2010 by MollyH to baleen whales, bubble-netting, Fact of the Day, herring, humpback whales, krill, mackerel, plankton

humpback whale

Humpback Whale (credit: Wanetta Ayers)

Today’s FOTD is about the humpback whale. These giants grow up to 50 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons. They are highly migratory and spend their summers feeding in the nutrient-rich polar waters and travel to tropical waters to breed.

There is little food for humpbacks in the warm waters of the tropics so they essentially live off their fat reserves, which they build up during their summers in the polar waters.

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Fact of the Day: Oarfish

Posted Fri, Aug 13, 2010 by MollyH to crustaceans, Fact of the Day, oarfish, plankton, ribbonfish, sharks, squid

The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world -- there have even been some reports of fish up to 50 feet long (and weighing up to 600 pounds)!  They are so long that many believe that these fish are the cause of some early tales of sea serpents and sea monsters.  Because of its sinuous body, it is occasionally called the ribbonfish.

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