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Which Antarctic whale is 85 percent of the diet for killer whales?

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In the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, killer whales feast on Antarctic Minke Whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis). One of the reasons this whale may be targeted by orcas is that the Antarctic minke whale is known to swim alone or in pairs which can aide the killer whale when hunting. As one of the rorqual whales (albeit the smallest), the Antarctic minke whale is one of the largest whales in the ocean and cannot move as easily as the most famous of the “blackfish” whales, which are smaller, aggressive and more agile, making them better hunters when it’s time to eat.

 

 

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