Study explains mealtime for the minke whale, the ocean’s littlest giant

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By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the smallest of the group of baleen whales that includes the blue whale – filter-feeding behemoths of the marine realm – the Antarctic minke whale aptly can be called the littlest giant. It also has been among the most enigmatic of the baleen whales, owing to its remote and frigid domain. New research provides a fuller understanding of this species, focusing on a foraging behavior called lunge-feeding that it shares with the other members of its cetacean group, the rorqual whales. It showed that the Antarctic minke whale, reaching a maximum of about 26 …

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