Sperm whale vs giant squid
One clue comes from observations of whale hunting in the wild made by study team members Peter Tyack and Peter Madsen, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Aarhus in Denmark, respectively. Ask Smithsonian. Hussey happened upon a pod of sperm whales, killed one and dragged it home. But most squid species make easy pickings for the whales that hunt them. No one knows the consequences of this great sea-grab, which extends not just to Alaska, but apparently to other corners of the ocean.
Sperm Whale and Giant Squid
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Toothy suckers cover their arms; the beak is hard and sharp; and the pen, a feather-shaped structure, supports the head. After whales evolved and discovered that squids are tasty, the giant squids might have started living in deeper water, to escape the whale predators. It snorts awake and swims off as its companions drift away from us in loose pairs and trios. Most Popular.
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Humpback whales, for example, broadcast sound waves that drive herring fish into tight schools at the surface of the water for easier capture. The real drama, though, starts at one minute and 55 seconds, with a pair of red and orange squiggles: two sperm whales, one near the surface and the other more than feet under the boat. Last Name. Address 1. Once, in the Bering Sea, her boat came upon a flock of thick-billed murres, diving seabirds, as they were feeding.
But how did the first sperm whale know it would find giant squids in the ocean depths? The huge muscles of her flanks go taut as she arches her back and heaves out her tail. Future of Space Exploration. But she thought it unlikely that the whales would spend so much time and energy—diving hundreds or thousands of feet, clicking all the way down—only to grope blindly in the dark. While controversial among scientists, the idea has become a part of whale lore, adding to the mystery that surrounds the clandestine struggles between leviathan and squids that occur within the ocean depths every day.