Question about whales

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 14:02:12 EDT

Hi Tasha:

Gee, this is interesting. I've never had that question before in 20
years, and now I've had it twice in one week!

It's probably because dolphins (and whales) are a lot more padded than
we are, with fat. And in most cases they're not hitting the water from
any height.

Phil Clapham

Tasha Korsunsky wrote:
> Dear Mr. Clapham,
> My name is Tasha Korsunsky, and I'm studying whales in school. I'm about
> to do a report and/or project on common dolphins, and I can't find the
> answer to one of my questions anywhere, so I thought you might know.
> Here's my Q.: Why doesn't the dolphins' belly hert when it flopps onto
> the water like that?
> If you don't know the answer or don't have time to answer, that's OK, but
> I'd really appreciate if you could.
> thanks a lot,
> Tasha
> Age 11
> Grade 6
> whale fan


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

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