Lecture: The natural history of the ultimate mouthful: lunge-filter feeding in baleen whales

Some of the largest baleen whales—such as blue whales, fin whales and humpbacks—fall into a family called rorquals - and rorquals have an unusual way of eating. These whales feed on aggregations of zooplankton and fish by lunging with their mouths wide open to force huge volumes of water and prey into their expandable oral cavities.

Join comparative physiologist Jeremy Goldbogen on Sunday, March 13th, to learn more about lunge-filter feeding and how these amazing creatures do it. Goldbogen's lecture will present anatomical and behavioral data obtained from suction-cup tags that help researchers understand how the largest vertebrates ever can subsist on the smallest food.

Goldbogen is assistant professor of biology at Stanford University, located at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. and is free to Museum members. Admission is $5 for non-members.