feeding of baby fin whales

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Wed Jan 17 2001 - 09:29:08 EST


Fin whale calves feed every day, though we have no idea how many times a
day they nurse. A fin whale calf is probably around 21 feet long at
birth and one ton in weight; it takes around 80 gallons of milk a day
from its mother and puts on perhaps 150 lbs a day. Fin whale calves are
weaned and leave their moms at around 6-8 of age.

Phil Clapham

> Frederick Lefton wrote:
> Can you please tell me how often a baby fin whale must be fed? Thank
> you. Caitlin


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

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