What is a group of whales called

From: Jennifer Philips (jphilips@hawaii.edu)
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 01:02:34 EDT


What term is used to describe a group of whales?
Thank you,
Chvygal4u2@aol.com

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Unlike dolphins, which form large groups of 100 or more called "pods" or
"schools", baleen whales do not usually travel or stay together in an
organized group. Baleen whales (like humpbacks, blues, grays, seis...) are
found alone, in pairs - such as a mother and calf - or in threes - such as a
female with two courting males. On a larger scale (meaning across miles of
waters), whales stick together in what we call "populations". These larger
groups migrate from breeding waters to feeding waters at the same time, and
occupy the same general region together, such as the Hawaiian Islands during
breeding season. So, one species of whale, such as the humpback whale, will
have a number of populations around the world made up of individuals that
stay mostly together throughout the year.

Thank you for your question,
Jen Philips



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