Why whales are big but not bigger: Physiological drivers and ecological limits in the age of ocean giants

  title={Why whales are big but not bigger: Physiological drivers and ecological limits in the age of ocean giants},
  author={J. Goldbogen and D. Cade and D. Wisniewska and J. Potvin and P. Segre and M. Savoca and E. Hazen and M. F. Czapanskiy and S. R. Kahane-Rapport and S. DeRuiter and S. Gero and P. T{\o}nnesen and W. T. Gough and M. Hanson and M. Holt and F. Jensen and M. Simon and A. Stimpert and P. Arranz and D. Johnston and D. Nowacek and S. Parks and F. Visser and A. S. Friedlaender and P. Tyack and P. Madsen and N. D. Pyenson},
  pages={1367 - 1372}
  • J. Goldbogen, D. Cade, +24 authors N. D. Pyenson
  • Published 2019
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • It's the prey that matters Although many people think of dinosaurs as being the largest creatures to have lived on Earth, the true largest known animal is still here today—the blue whale. How whales were able to become so large has long been of interest. Goldbogen et al. used field-collected data on feeding and diving events across different types of whales to calculate rates of energy gain (see the Perspective by Williams). They found that increased body size facilitates increased prey capture… CONTINUE READING
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