JARPA 2 Whale Diet & Prey Research Results, where are they? So ok, I got bored of trying to find publication of any diet / prey results for Minke & Fin whales on the Institute of Cetacean Research website. Sure they talk about the research but where are the published results preferably in pdf format? Duly noted that you have no obvious ‘contact us’ link….
No, I’m not running of to join the Sea Shepperd campaign as in Whale Wars, I’m not a ‘veggie’ so I wouldn’t last a week on one of their ships! I’m actually trying to find out more information on the Humboldt squid (sometimes called giant or jumbo squid). The Humboldt squid is fast becoming a major predator in the eastern pacific from lower South America all the way up past California / North America. Not too much is known about their life & reproductive habits although most live about 1 year, some up to 2 years. Just search the Humboldt squid online and/or youtube.
I was hoping to find whale research that would show Humboldt squid as part of the Minke / Fin diet in addition to the sperm whale. Minke / Fin whales are not designed by nature to prey on large squid. However I did read somewhere online that squid form part of their diet but what type of squid wasn’t mentioned. Maybe young Humboldt spawn?
Quite simply, I was wondering if there is a link in decreasing whale populations in the Pacific to the increase in the Humboldt squid due to lack of natural predators. On the off chance some one with answers actually reads this humble little blog post please take a few minutes to answer!