Behavior and pigmentation questions about whales

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Date: Fri Dec 06 2002 - 17:29:28 EST

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    Hello,

    I hope that i can help with your studies.

    On Fri, 6 Dec 2002, bjones wrote:

    > My name is Allyson, and I am in the third grade. I am homeschooled and we are just starting to learn about whales. I have five questions to ask about whales.
    >
    > 1. How long do whales live?
    > It is now believed that large whales live about as long as humans.
    There was an article recently that indicates that they may live much
    longer: http://www.sciencenews.org/20001014/bob2.asp

    > 2. Do whales flip and spin in the air like dolphins?
    Yes they do. It is called breaching, see:
    http://whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/slide_shows/whales1/
    >
    > 3. Do killer whales come in different colors other than black and white?
    No, they all have a similar pigmentations/coloration, but there is
    sometimes a white or albino killer whale.

    > 4. Can whales understand some human talk?
    Like other animals they can be taught to do a behavior from a verbal
    command.
    >
    > 5. Do whales get caught in drift nets like dophins?
    Yes they do. See: http://www.coastalstudies.org/rescue/1102.htm
    http://www.coastalstudies.org/rescue/00summary.htm

    I hope that this informatio helps.

    Mike Williamson
    WhaleNet

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