Humpback Whales feeding on bunker fish Atlantic Menhaden

June 04, 2018

Humpback Whales feeding on bunker fish Atlantic Menhaden

June 2nd 2018 - Sandy Hook, New Jersey Humpback Whales feeding on bunker fish, Atlantic Menhaden. 

Humpback whale feeding on Menhaden in New Jersey Sandy Hook photo

From Pew Research:

It all centers on menhaden. This conceptual illustration shows some of the species that feed on Atlantic menhaden in the waters off the U.S. East Coast. Having enough of these forage fish in the ocean to feed predators is critical to maintaining a flourishing marine ecosystem. People benefit too, through better fishing and more opportunities to view wildlife—both of which boost local businesses and strengthen coastal economies. Clockwise, from top center: osprey, bluefish, loon, weakfish, cod, striped bass, king mackerel, humpback whale, and bald eagle.