Re: Whales

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 07:25:29 EDT


There's probably no article on this topic, but reading about whales and
then comparing what you find to what you know about humans wouldn't be

Basic similarities: both are mammals, both breathe air, nurse their
young with milk, give birth to live young, both warm-blooded, both
usually live a long time (big whales can live anywhere from 50 to
probably more than 100 years depending on species).

Basic differences: whales can survive indefinitely in cold water, they
can dive for much much longer than humans, and to much greater depths.
They can also fast for long periods, living off stores of fat.

The Society for Marine Mammalogy will be holding its 14th Biennial
Conference from 28 November to 3 December 2001, in Vancouver, BC.  Visit
the conference Web site at for full details of
this important meeting.

Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Protected Species Branch Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.

tel. 508 495-2316 fax 508 495-2066 email:

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