Killer Whales Diet
There are several theories on what food the killer whales eat. One of the most popular theories is that the whale eats mostly fish oil. This seems to be the best theory because there are so many similarities between killer whales and the fish species they prey upon. For instance, both the salmon and whales have their own peculiar predatory habits and characteristics.
( Robin, 2021, #2) Another hypothesis on what killer whales eat revolves around their prey’s blood sugar levels. Recently a scientist from England suggested that killer whales have very unique taste buds. In his study, he presented his specimen (which was grey in color) with a sweet and savory dish. The whale didn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between the two foods, which led him to conclude that the whale has its very own taste buds.
Another interesting theory on what killer whales eat comes from observations of the diet of the resident wild-life in its natural habitat. A group of Australian humpback whales were observed foraging along the coastal areas near their colony. During one July weekend, these humpback whales were observed eating sea lions, a trend that is common in natural whale communities. These observations were made possible due to the fact that the pods stay close to islands and come back to shore every year to feed.
Other theories regarding what killer whales located at a particular locale eat include berries, insects, small fish, crustaceans, copious amounts of small animal feces, and even berries and nuts. Although the aforementioned foods are frequently found in natural settings, we do not know if any of these foods led to any direct deaths or injuries among the resident killer whales located in the area. It has also been suggested that these food sources might have lead to an increase in the levels of fatty acids, but there is no direct evidence in support of this claim.
The diet of these whales has long been a mystery. The only direct evidence we have come up with to date is the fact that they are nocturnal, which means that they sleep at night and feed during the day. Their behavior in this respect is similar to the spotted dolphins. Apart from nocturnal habits, they are otherwise known to feed during the night. Several theories have been put forth to explain the fact that they feed during the night, including the idea that they use it as a way to avoid being caught by hunters who want to hunt the whales.
In the summer of 2021, two men from British Columbia attempted to duplicate the elusive killer whales’ diet in an attempt to have some fun. In order to make this type of experiment work, the first step was to gather as many male killer whales as possible. These whales were then led to a location where they were able to swim with the dolphins in an attempt to catch them. Another group of men then tried to feed the calves directly from their mother’s milk. The calves were then returned to the mother after the mothers had fed them. All of these attempts failed, but the scientists were intrigued by the fact that none of the killers were interested in eating the calves, which caused them to believe that they were unable to see the calf.
As the year comes to a close, we can only hope that more accurate measurements and tests are conducted in an attempt to unlock the true diet of the mysterious killer whales. We may learn that it does not eat meat, but instead relies on its massive blubber for protein. Or we may learn that it will rely heavily on the phytoplankton for fuel, as its blubber is almost entirely composed of it. Only time will tell!