How Giant Creatures Eat Tiny Meals: 5 Fabulous Filter Feeders

How Giant Creatures Eat Tiny Meals: 5 Fabulous Filter Feeders

Some of the largest creatures that have ever lived on earth thrive by eating tiny prey. Why don’t they eat bigger fish, and how can they even consume these things they can barely see? Here are 5 creatures that grow to be giants by eating tiny meals!

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