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Ancient shark-eating whale

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#16    Mystilily


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Posted 10 September 2006 - 07:02 AM

Actually there are a few whales that group hunt and feed.

Beluga whales form pods and are known to hunt together.

Sperm Whales as well have been observed hunting in smaller pods. In 1998, off the coast of Indonesia, 3 sperm whales were observed attacking a megamouth shark.

Bottlenose dolphins, though not a true whale are known to hunt in pods.

Narwhals form in pods and feed together. They have even been observed grouping with belugas for hunting/feeding times.

As mentioned, the orca or killer whale is of course the best documented and best known pod hunters.

While not a toothed whale, Humpbacks do bubble net feeding which is a group hunting activity.

Bowheads form up pods in the fall of up to 50 whales, during which time they hunt and feed.

Byrde's whales form loose groups during feeding times.

Grey whales are known for pod forming and feeding.

Minke whales form groups on feeding grounds.

While some of these listed are not toothed whales or viewed as predatory creatures.  Examination of the habits of feeding of the entire spectrum of species might show a valuable clue to if they could or would have used such method. I think it's highly possible they did use a group method of feeding much like our modern whales do now original.gif

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