Data from: New determination of prey and parasite species for Northern Indian Ocean blue whales

Asha De Vos, Cassandra E. Faux, James Marthick, Joanne Dickinson, Simon Jarman & Simon N. Jarman
Blue whales are little studied, face significant anthropogenic threats and within the Northern Indian Ocean, have a restricted range, making them an archetype for conservation needs of megafauna around the world. We studied feeding behaviour of blue whales using dietary DNA metabarcoding of faecal samples. While globally blue whale populations feed predominantly on Euphausiidae, 87 % of prey DNA amplicons extracted from faecal samples from this population were sergestid shrimp, demonstrating that blue whales can...
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