Blowing Bubbles

I would never have guessed that the weapon of choice for a humpback whale is bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Researchers have found that these whales create what are called “bubble nets” around schools of fish. The fish see the tiny bubbles as a barrier that they cannot cross. The whales then swim through the barrier and feast on the trapped fish.

If only my fishing pole could be that successful.

Comments

  1. #1 Douglas Watts
    September 7, 2011

    This has been very well known for about .. umm … 40 years. Is this supposed to be a science blog?

  2. #2 Barb
    September 10, 2011

    I saw this in Alaska with 3-4 whales in a group. I am intrigued by how the group of whales coordinates the bubble nest together. Researchers should listen more closely to the whale vocalizations too.