Try to find an animal that's a bigger jerk than these guys. Humans don't count
I mean, it's not like you're wrong but I think OP's point was that there are more efficient ways to gain those calories. These guys are like hardcore griefers. It seems like they are doing it primarily for the enjoyment. Sure, there are other benefits,like teaching valuable hunting lessons to the baby griefers and keeping fit I guess...
I'm pretty sure they are intelligent enough to understand they are causing a shitton of suffering for their prey though. No, I'm not implying they are evil. I assume this is a behaviour refined by natural selection and is obviously beneficial for the species.
These guys may be pricks, but they're fascinating pricks.
On a semi-unrelated note, does listening to whale sounds make anyone else tear up? Orca audio makes me cry a bit. Not out-and-out bawling, but I do get pretty watery.
Didn't some scientifics studying their behaviour killing grey whales find out that some of them don't even eat and killing the whale is more of a social activity than actual predation?
Anyway, the >just eating the tongue thing, I can't imagine how many animals can be sustained with the rest of the whale.
Sadly, most of the time this is not the case. We like to think that when they kill a whale, sharks and other creatures feed off the carcass to sustain the ecosystem. I mean, this is true but the reality is that often they kill something like a whale in cold open water and it sinks to the bottom of the ocean, it lies there for months rotting in the water, usually feeding the few mollusk scavengers.
I'm trying to say that the open ocean in many of these area's are wastelands. It literally takes months for these critters to find the bodies. Sure, it is an eco-system but it's like saying a dumping a whale in the open desert supports that eco-system... no, not really. A dead carcass is a super rare event that the ecosystem has to function without or collapse. If a whale died on a reef, sure.
>get a female budgie
>instantly starts terrorizing my cat, biting her ears and whiskers
>bites me all the time, it's not preening too - she preens me rather nicely sometimes but more often she flies into rage and starts squawking, running up and down my arm and biting it, drew blood several times
>broke the lamp
>killed five or six houseplants
>shits all over another plant
>loves to jump into cups of herbal teas once they get lukewarm, get covered in tea, then fly around the room causing the tea to go EVERYWHERE
>chews fucking walls despite having mineral blocks and sand
>picks up pieces of dirt from pots and throws them around
>destroys plants not by eating them, but by deliberately CHEWING OFF THEIR FUCKING BRANCHES AND ONCE THEY ARE CHEWED OFF SHE JUST IGNORES THEM
I've come to a conclusion that budgies just like to do evil.
i really liked the female budgie i had...
she would eat out of my hand, and she'd let me pet her as long as i let her pretend nip my finger after (she'd literally just put her beak over my hand, no pressure, sometimes lick it instead) so i'd pet her and then put my finger close and she'd do that and then bob her head all happy and shit... it was cute as hell
How is it that nobody has said house cats yet?
Those things are total assholes. They kill and kill, and it is mostly for fun. They only eat about 40% of their kills. They just roam around killing small birds, animals and lizards for fun.
Orcas, humans and chimps are all fuckheads. the capacity to be a massive fucktard goes hand in hand with intelligence unfortunately. intelligent animals need to do asshole shit to entertain themselves
Only one whale song makes me cry. And that is the loneliest whale in the world.
Decades this whale has been wandering around alone, singing out to others, and will never get a response because it's "voice" is at the wrong frequency for other whales to hear.
literally make a living enslaving other ants
"Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labour, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television." - Lewis Thomas, American Etymologist