Whale reproduction and nursing

From: Erich Hoyt (EHoyt@compuserve.com)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 07:35:19 EST


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HOW DO WHALES REPRODUCE, AND HOW DOES THE FEMALE WHALES GIVE THEIR CHILD
MILK BECAUSE THEY ARE MAMALS RIGHT?

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After about a year's pregnancy, whales give birth in the water to a live
calf. In some species, other whales in the group help the calf to the
surface for its first breath of air. Soon afterwards, the calf begins to
suckle from the mammary glands located next to the genital slit on the rear
underside of the female. Pressing up against the female, the calf receives
a jet of high fat milk. In some whales, the calf can nurse as the mother is
travelling -- fast food! Whales may nurse for a year or more but it depends
on the kind of whale.



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