Whale stomachs

From: Kim Marshall (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 10:20:10 EST


>Question: Kim does any whale have eight stomachs? If not what is the most
>any would have? If none have more than one do you happen to know what
>animal has the
>most and how many?

Reply: Dear Jeff,
>From the book "Whales" by E.J. Slijper it is said that the stomach of a
cetacean (whales and dolphins) consists of 3 main compartments. The first
and second compartments (forestomach and main stomach) are wide and can
hold at least 200 gallons and possibly a ton of krill. Whales have a
similar stomach make up to that of cattle, deeer, and sheep. Please review
the pages of WhaleNet for more information and/or links to other
organizations thay may help you answer you questions.
http://whale.wheelock.edu - Thank you! Kim

Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance
191 Weston Road, Lincoln, MA
(781) 259-0423
www.oceanalliance.org



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