Bubble-net feeding is acooperative hunting strategy that occurs within a group of whales. It is a complex, highly synchronized set of behaviors that involve communication and cooperation, demonstrating signs of high social intelligence.
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What is bubble-net feeding and how does it work?
In a nutshell, it鈥檚 a unique and complex feeding strategy employed by certain humpback whales that come to Juneau鈥檚 nutrient-rich waters in Southeast Alaska. To a humpback鈥檚 mind, why dine elsewhere when the local refrigerator is packed to the gunwales with goodies? What Happens During Bubble-Net Feeding?
What is bubble net feeding in whales?
Bubble-net feeding is when whales deliberately blow bubbles from their noses to encircle their food鈥?krill and fish鈥攍ike a net, concentrating their prey into a tight ball. Then, the whale or group of whales swim together from beneath, rise to the surface opening their mouths, and gulp up their prey.
Will you see bubble net feeding in Alaska?
Before offering an insider鈥檚 perspective on the likelihood of you seeing bubble-net feeding, firstly, just what in the watery world is bubble netting? In a nutshell, it鈥檚 a unique and complex feeding strategy employed by certain humpback whales that come to Juneau鈥檚 nutrient-rich waters in Southeast Alaska.
How long will the bubble netting last?
This year, a small portion of our guests enjoyed a handful of random bubble-net sightings in May. The feeding technique orchestrated by the humpbacks didn鈥檛 occur again until the beginning of July. Incredibly, despite previous trends forecasting the activity to last no longer than a fortnight or so, the bubble netting has continued into August.