Food Chain

What Eats Zooplankton?

What Eats Zooplankton? What Does Zooplankton Eat?

Zooplanktons are tiny water animals. Many of these plankton look like shrimp and other crustaceans, as well as worms, fish, and jellyfish. The animal in the photo at the left has been magnified many times, or else you would hardly be able to see it!

A Tiny Crustacean Magnified
What Eat Zooplankton? Everything From Tiny Fish To Huge Whales. Photo:Uwe Kils

Often zooplankton can be found in huge swarms made up of billions and billions of individual little animals.

Zooplanktons are at the very bottom of the ocean food chain and at the very outside of the ocean food web. That means many creatures eat them. For instance, the hugest baleen whales have mouths that are specially designed to scoop up zooplankton and strain the water out of them. The world’s largest animal, the great blue whale, is a zooplankton eater.

But many smaller animals and fishes also depend on zooplanktons as their main source of food.

Because so many sea creatures eat zooplanktons, without it the ocean would be a much emptier place.

What Eats Zooplankton
What Eats Zooplankton

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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