Eat Like a Whale

Isn’t it incredible that some of the largest animals on our planet can survive by eating some of the very smallest organisms? Whales, dolphins, and porpoises all belong to a group of animals known as cetaceans. Cetaceans catch and eat their food in different ways using both physical and behavioral adaptations. We can investigate whale feeding strategies in our own home with just a few simple tools.

Join Geneva Mommsen, Education & Volunteer Coordinator from the National Marine Life Center* (, as she uses items like a hair comb, paintbrush, grill tongs, and oregano to show us how baleen works like a filter in Aquatic Adventures: Eat Like a Whale. ( Then, check out Eat Like a Whale to investigate for yourself and decide which tools work best. Which tools are most like the teeth of a sperm whale? How about the baleen of a humpback whale?

*The National Marine Life Center ( works alongside Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue ( to respond to and rehab marine mammals along the New Hampshire and Massachusetts coasts.

Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.