are a gray
whale's favorite food. These tiny shrimp-like animals live
in sediment on the ocean floor in the Arctic feeding grounds. They also like small creatures
called cumaceans and isopods.
They eat little mysids, which hide
under rocks. Gray whales also gobble plankton,
small and microscopic animals floating in the sea. When
eating plankton, gray whales can be seen skim-feeding with their upper
above the surface of the ocean.
find very little t eat while on
their migration route. Still, they may get to snack on schooling
squid, krill, crab larvae, herring
ghost shrimp, and small bait fish such as capelin.
Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary
jar of whale food shows how TINY it is!
An adult gray whale
in the summer feeding grounds eats approximately 2,400 pounds
of food a day. It swallows
67-77 tons of food during a five- or six-month feast on the Arctic