lifelong mating?

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Wed Sep 11 2002 - 08:33:55 EDT

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    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).

    Phil Clapham

    JAKECURTIN@aol.com wrote:
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    > WHY DOES A WALE KEEP A LIFETIME MATE?

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

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