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Whales learn to fish

Snafflehound

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These sperm whales have learned to eat sablefish caught on commercial longlines.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/158986_whales02.html

Could this mean they are eating fewer Architeuthis?

Could it be that Architeuthis is eating the sablefish, and the whales are after the squid? I note that the whales are not actually seen eating fish off the lines, merely loitering near the lines, hungrily... :mrgreen:
 

Steve O'Shea

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.... I have pictures of sperm whales stealing fish and squid from lines ..... but I'm not allowed to post them :cry:

It is pretty amazing stuff!
 

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Welcome to TONMO.com!!

Glad to have you here Snafflehound. I should imagine that the fishermen aren't going to be too happy :heee:
 

Snafflehound

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I wouldn't think the S.W. jaw is capable of such dexterity?

Steve let us know if you can ever post the pics... :notworth:
 

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