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Re: Trexie and whales..?!
> I notice in both these cases, the top predator is also the BIGGEST
> carnivore around. Are there any modern ecosystems where the top predator
> is smaller than the largest carnivore (which is presumably a scavenger)?
Not to answer the question, but to complicate it: The largest contemporary
animal is not only a carnivore, but also a predator, and is possibly the
largest carnivore the planet has yet seen. But it is not a *top* predator,
in the sense of feeding at the top of the food chain -- indeed, the _carne_
that the Blue Whale _vores_ are all pretty tiny, and baleen whales in
general are often predated upon by much smaller critters.
-- Jay Freeman