Bowhed Whale Self-Protection Behaviour

From: Pete Scheifele (
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 08:43:55 EST

At 06:35 PM 11/30/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm doing a project for school on the Bowhead whale. I have to find out
>how it protects itself, and I've looked evrywhere (TRUST ME), but I
>still can't find it!! Can you PLEASE help????????????
> Hopefully yours,
> Laura Murphy
> Portsmouth Middle School
> Grade six


The Bowhead, like most other Mysticete cetaceans, is not a "fighter". It
may activel bump or breach near an annoyance but generally it will attempt
to flee. Its only known predators are Orca and man both of whom it
succumbs to regularly.
Peter M. Scheifele LCDR USN (Ret.)
Director of Bioacoustic Research
NURC Operations Manager
Director of Marine Education Programs
National Undersea Research Center,
North Atlantic and Great Lakes
University of Connecticut
860-405-9121/9103 (Voice)
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