Right whale food

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 13:12:21 EDT


I dont think right whales get confused with water temperatures, though
they definitely dont like very warm water. As far as we know, when they
go to Florida they don't eat while they're there, so competition for
food from other whales isn't a problem.

As for scientists taking copepods... they take only a tiny amount (and
they don't do it in Florida), and there are so many copepods in the
ocean that it really isn't a problem.

> Jennifer Johann wrote:
> Dear Dr.Phil ,
> I have this theory that when the Right whales go down
> to Florida they might get confused with the water temperatures and go
> too early. This is bad because maybe a bigger animal might come before
> it and the big animal eats all the food and the eggs are left the
> whale might not see the eggs.
> I also read about how in Jacksonville, Fl people there spot the
> whales and get close to the whales. when they get close they scoop up
> all the copoeds and test them . My question is, do they put the
> copoeds back in the water ? If they don't I think the whales starve to
> death.
> Thank You So Much!!!
> Nicole

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