Say aaah. Striped mackerel are filter feeders opening their cavernous mouths as they swim and sieving zooplankton from the water with their gill rakers acting like a net.

Say aaah. Striped mackerel are filter feeders opening their cavernous mouths as they swim and sieving zooplankton from the water with their gill rakers acting like a net.

The First Filter Feeder | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Gigantic Cambrian Shrimplike Creature Unearthed in Greenland - Artists’ reconstruction of Tamisiocaris borealis, unearthed in the Sirius Passet formation in northern Greenland. - Credit: Bob Nichols/University of Bristol

The filter-feeder Siphusauctum lived 500 million years ago in clusters on the sea floor.

500-Million-Year-Old 'Tulip' Creature Had Bizarre Gut

Unusual 'tulip' creature discovered: Lived in the ocean more than 500 million years ago -- ScienceDaily

Stereosternum is a genus of mesosaurid marine reptile from the Early Permian of Brazil. Unlike other mesosaurs, which appear to have been filter feeders, Stereosternum seeming led a lifestyle similar to that of the gharial, capturing fish with its slender snout, filled with sharp teeth. The juveniles also appear to have been less aquatic than the adults

Stereosternum is a genus of mesosaurid marine reptile from the Early Permian of Brazil. Unlike other mesosaurs, which appear to have been filter feeders, Stereosternum seeming led a lifestyle similar to that of the gharial, capturing fish with its slender snout, filled with sharp teeth. The juveniles also appear to have been less aquatic than the adults

Pterodaustro guinazui | A Dinosaur A Day It lived about 105 million years ago, in the Albian age of the Early Cretaceous, and is known from both the Lagarcito Formation of Argentina, and the Santa Ana Formation of Chile. It had a wingspan of about 2.5 meters long, making it fairly small for a Cretaceous pterosaur, but that really doesn’t matter given its strangeness. It was a filter feeder in the extreme, with an extremely long jaw with ridiculous numbers of extremely tiny teeth

Pterodaustro guinazui | A Dinosaur A Day It lived about 105 million years ago, in the Albian age of the Early Cretaceous, and is known from both the Lagarcito Formation of Argentina, and the Santa Ana Formation of Chile. It had a wingspan of about 2.5 meters long, making it fairly small for a Cretaceous pterosaur, but that really doesn’t matter given its strangeness. It was a filter feeder in the extreme, with an extremely long jaw with ridiculous numbers of extremely tiny teeth

Credit: Thomas P. Peschak Pollution kills: as filter feeders, whale sharks are prone to ingesting waste plastic.

Sharks: feared or revered, but rarely understood – in pictures

Credit: Thomas P. Peschak Pollution kills: as filter feeders, whale sharks are prone to ingesting waste plastic.

Salps are planktonic filter-feeders — each one a tireless vacuum continuously clearing phytoplankton cells from the sea by filtering water through a mucus net as it swims. These marine animals can be found singly or in chains, such as this colony of gold-colored Pegea socia, common off the central and northern California coast. Scientists found that salps may play an important and overlooked role in determining the fate of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the ocean

Salps are filter feeders that eat phytoplankton and it can eat organisms only microns wide. Their ability to filter the smallest particles may allow them to survive where other organisms can't.

A rarely seen shark known as the megamouth looks fearful but is a filter feeder.

A Fascinating Fearsome-looking Shark

A rarely seen shark known as the megamouth looks fearful but is a filter feeder.

Filter Feeder Was the First of its Kind on Earth

Medallion-like creatures were among the first to filter food from the water.

Filter feeders by Exobio.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Filter feeders, distantly related to the predators I just recently posted, though their back fins have evolved to have a membrane that acts much the way.

Bighead carp is a powerful filter-feeder with a wide food spectrum that grows fast and reproduces quickly

Bighead carp is a powerful filter-feeder with a wide food spectrum that grows fast and reproduces quickly

Giant larvaceans are tadpole-like filter feeders that live inside transparent mucous houses that act as their filters.

Giant larvaceans are tadpole-like filter feeders that live inside transparent mucous houses that act as their filters.

Unbelievable Photos Taken Seconds Before Tragedy Struck | BuzzAvoo - Part 55

Unbelievable Photos Taken Seconds Before Tragedy Struck | BuzzAvoo - Part 55

Buy Aqua-cultured American Paddlefish & protect wild specimens: http://www.jonesfish.com/content/paddlefish Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) have been around for millions of years and are now available on a retail basis. Paddlefish are filter feeders, straining zooplankton from the water column as they swim. Scaless, a very large mouth and a long paddle shaped snout. They average 5 ft. in length and 60 lbs. when mature, making them very noticeable in your pond.

“The bizarre Chinese paddlefish can grow to 7 metres long! Sadly, the species is critically endangered, possibly extinct.

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