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"Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting. Humpbacks are the only whales known to blow bubble nets -- a circle of bubbles that traps schools of fish for easy capture. Although this hunting technique has been documented in humpbacks for decades, just how whales make the nets wasn't well-understood until now, says David Wiley, a biologist with NOAA. Wiley and colleagues attached digital tags to Humpbacks' backs to find out what they do underwater when they're bubble-netting."

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noah wilson's picture
noah wilson says:

i thought the video was good enof to send to my cusin who loves whales lol

posted on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 3:11pm
brit's picture
brit says:

i never even knew that whales blew bubbles to hunt tell today.

posted on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 1:38pm

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