It’s long been an incredible irony of the animal world. The biggest animals that have ever lived on Earth—whales the size of Boeing 737s—sustain themselves by feeding on small fry: tiny animals like zooplankton and krill. Gulping and filtering giant mouthfuls of seawater, the massive mammals consume tiny creatures by the millions, and now scientists have learned the ocean behemoths eat orders of magnitude more than experts had ever suspected. […]

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