Baleen whales capture food with net-like mesh in their mouths

03/14/2013 |

The specialized bristles in the mouths of baleen whales form a unique net that helps them capture food as they swim, according to a study published in the The Journal of Experimental Biology. The findings trump previous beliefs that the baleen worked passively as a sieve -- rather, the tissue works dynamically to form a mesh, depending on the specific whale, said biologist and study author Alexander Werth.

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