Calf and feeding

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Date: Sat Nov 09 2002 - 08:08:55 EST

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    On Fri, 8 Nov 2002 wrote:

    > hi, im doing some work on whales...and need to find out how many "calfs" they
    > have, and also around how much they would eat in a normal day. If you could
    > supply some infomation on that it would be of great help.

    That is a general question, but on the average a whale gives birth to 1
    calf every two or three years. A whale is pregnant for about 12 months
    and then, depending on the species, the calf stays with the mother from 6
    to 18 months.

    A whale eat an estimated average of 3% to 5% os it body weight each day
    during its time in the feeding areas of its migration period.

    I hope that this helps.

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