UCSB Science Line
Sponge Spicules Nerve Cells Galaxy Abalone Shell Nickel Succinate X-ray Lens Lupine
UCSB Science Line
How it Works
Ask a Question
Search Topics
Our Scientists
Science Links
Contact Information
Do whales and dolphins fish?
Question Date: 2018-09-10
Answer 1:

When whales and dolphins look for food, they call it 'hunting', not fishing. Different kinds of whales and dolphins eat different kinds of food.

Some dolphins and some whales eat mostly fish. Some also eat things like squid and octopuses and crabs.

Some whales don't have teeth, and they eat mostly tiny plants and animals that go through things in their mouth that are like combs. The 'combs' are called 'baleen bristles.'

The following link is about orcas, which are also called killer whales and are actually huge dolphins:

"Orca eat a large variety of foods such as fish, squid, sea lions, walruses, seals, sharks and even large whales and are considered to be at the top of the food chain in the aquatic realm since they have no real predators."

what do whales eat

Sometimes dolphins and sharks eat the same food, but when there are lots of sharks around, the dolphins don't get so much of the food.

read here

Click Here to return to the search form.

University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory National Science Foundation
This program is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UCSB School-University Partnerships
Copyright © 2020 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.
UCSB Terms of Use