Whales learn to fish

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  1. Snafflehound

    Snafflehound GPO Registered

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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:
     
  2. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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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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    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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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:
     
  4. Snafflehound

    Snafflehound GPO Registered

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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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