Filter feeder

Animals that feed by straining food particles from water

Filter feeders are animals that feed on matter and food particles from water. Some animals that do this are clams, krill, sponges, baleen whales and many fish such as sharks. Some birds such as flamingos are also filter feeders. Filter feeders can help clear water.

Krill feeding on phytoplankton.


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