As an artist-in-residence at Hopkins Marine Station, Alex created a suite of illustrations to help communicate the research of the Goldbogen Lab. Jeremy Goldbogen, along with his killer team of grad students and post-docs, studies filter-feeders, from the 15-cm long northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) to the 25 m blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). Using cutting edge technology, the lab collects data on how whales behave and maneuver underwater, revolutionizing the study of these elusive creatures.
Despite being the largest animals on earth, blue whale feed primarily on tiny krill, which average 2 inches in length. Alex created an animation to describe a newly documented feeding behavior, where the blue whale rotates 180° prior to lunging through a patch of krill.
Humpbacks are incredibly well-adapted generalist foragers, capable of employing a wide variety of feeding techniques, depending on the type of prey they are pursuing and how that prey is reacting. These are just a handful of their feeding behaviors, all of which Alex illustrated for an upcoming publication.