Whalenet is about the best site for whale stuff, and it has lots of good
links to other similar sites. I dont know about other animals, but
presumably the Smithsonian (National Zoo), American Museum of Natural
History, the Discovery Channel and National Geo all have sites that
would interest your son.
> Thank you very much for your prompt reply. It indeed answered my sons
> question !. I had sort of presumed that heat would be a factor but was
> unaware of the bone-structure. If i may also make another request, would you
> know of any good websites for sea/land animals. My son (5 1/2 YO) is
> immensely interested in all kind of animals. We do borrow books from the
> library but also would like to browse the web.
> Thanks in advance
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phil Clapham" <email@example.com>
> To: "Manoj Anjaria" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Address Ask2"
> <email@example.com>; "Mike Williamson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 9:20 AM
> Subject: Whales on land
> > Hi:
> > That's a great question. The reason whales die rather quickly when
> > they're stranded on a beach is two things. First, their bones are
> > lightweight and porous, much lighter than the bones of land animals.
> > this is because, in the water, the bones don't have to provide the kind
> > of support that ours do on land, so they've evolved more as places for
> > muscles to attach to than for actual support. On land (away from the
> > buoyant water where gravity isn't a big factor), the whale literally
> > crushes itself under its own weight.
> > Second, they overheat. Most whales are designed to live in cold water,
> > which takes heat out of a body some 20 times faster than air does.
> > Their fat (blubber) insulates them very well in the water. On land,
> > however, they dont have the cooling of the water, and the blubber makes
> > them overheat. Dead whales literally cook inside, since after death the
> > thermoregulatory mechanisms that normally cool the animal are shut down,
> > and decomposition sets in, inside what is essentially a big pressure
> > cooker (the body).
> > Hope this answers your daughter's questions!
> > Phil Clapham
> > > Manoj Anjaria wrote:
> > >
> > > My five years old is asking these questions and we don't have answer
> > > for those. The questions are what happens to the whales when they come
> > > out on the land? Can they survive unlike fish? If not then why? The
> > > whale breaths through the lungs so why can't it survive on land like
> > > humans do?
> > > I will really appreciate if you can answer his questions.
> > > Thank you in advance.
> > > Manoj
> > --
> > 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) 495-2258
> > Internet: email@example.com
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) 495-2258 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
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