Food Chain

What Eats A Whale?

A Whale Jumping Clear Of The Water
What Eats A Whale?

What eats whales?

What do whales eat?

Whales are so large that they have very few predators or natural enemies.

Some small types, or species, of whales, are sometimes attacked and eaten by the largest sharks. The great white shark is the main species of shark that occasionally eats whales.

Aside from sharks, the only other creature that ever eats a whale is the orca, or killer whale, which is the largest member of the dolphin family and not really a whale at all. Packs of orcas sometimes chase large whales until they are exhausted, and then begin to eat them.

And, what does a whales eat? A whale’s diet depends on the species it belongs to. Huge baleen whales eat tiny ocean crustaceans—whole swarms of them at once. Killer whales eat fish and sea mammals. Sperm whales attack and eat huge squid.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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