|This whale's mouth is open so you can see the baleen.|
Clues: How do Gray Whales Eat?
Gray whales are unique feeders because they dive to the bottom, suck in a mouthful of mud and water, and then use their giant tongue to push the muddy water out of their mouth, leaving the amphipods and other yummy animals behind on the baleen. Then they swallow the food.
It is estimated that a gray whale can eat up to 2,400 pounds of food in one day!
Thank you, Staci Shaut: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography