Whale drinking

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 07:12:27 EST

Hi Ralph:

Good question. Whales don't drink seawater, obviously, because it's
much too salty. Instead they get most of the water they need from the
food they eat. When their bodies digest their food, or use the whale's
blubber (especially at times when they're not eating, like on
migration), they get water from both. But whales also have very special
kidneys which are much, much better at dealing with salt than ours are.

Phil Clapham

> ralph lindell wrote:
> what do whales drink. thank you, ralph lindell


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

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