whale age

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 13:49:45 EDT

Hi Meredith:

The answer is probably the bowhead whale, which lives in the Arctic. It
seems likely that they live for over a hundred years, possibly to 150.
Right whales live to at least 70, and fin whales to more than 80. The
oldest known humpback was 48, but that was at a time when most of the
nig (old) animals had already been killed by whaling, so they may live
longer than that.

Phil Clapham

Meredith Tufts wrote:
> Dear Mr. Phillip,
> My name is Meredith Tufts. My class is doing something on marine animals
> and I have two question for you. My first question is: which of the whales
> lives the longest? And my second is: well I forgot go ta go. Thanks for
> everthing.
> Sincerly,
> Meredith Tufts


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

tel (508) 495-2316 fax (508) 495-2066 Internet: phillip.clapham@noaa.gov

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