Actually, whales don't. The whole idea that most mammals - including
whales - mate for life has no basis in fact. Monogamy is very rare
among mammals, and that includes whales. In large whales, the father of
a calf has nothing to do with its rearing, and females mate with more
than male over the course of their lifetime (sometimes in the course of
a single breeding season).
> WHY DOES A WALE KEEP A LIFETIME MATE?
Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.
tel. 508 495-2316 fax 508 495-2066 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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