Beaching

From: Peter M Scheifele (acousticp2@juno.com)
Date: Fri Dec 08 2000 - 20:11:03 EST


> Why is upthrust important to whales?

"Upthrust" as you call it is important because it is what maintans the
whale's body at depth so they don't sink.

> Why are they in trouble when beached?

Primarily because when beached, they are lying on their lungs and can
(and many times do) asphyxiate.
>
Peter M."Skip" Scheifele LCDR USN (Ret.)
Director of Bioacoustic Research, University of Connecticut NURC NA&GL
(Voice) 860-405-9103/9121; acousticp2@juno.com;
scheifel@uconnvm.uconn.edu
www.nurc.uconn.edu
http://ap.nurc.uconn.edu/cos/



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