Initially mothers and calves stay so close together that mothers probably don't need to pick their calf out of a crowd -- although I expect they still can. Since mothers resume feeding before weaning their young they must have a well developed method for IDing their young. But I am not sure how mothers recognize their calves. They may use visual cues, vocalizations or perhaps even odor among the baleen species.
From: suer osenthal <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, December 17, 2001 1:11 PM
Do you know how whale mothers recognize their calves? Does it vary by sub-order (baleen vs. toothed) or species?
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