Whales eating humans

From: Phil Clapham (pclapham@whsun1.wh.whoi.edu)
Date: Sun Mar 16 2003 - 07:08:19 EST

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    Well, the only whale that COULD swallow a human being in a sperm whale,
    which is the only whale with a gullet wide enough to do the job. All the
    baleen whales (hu,pback, fin, blue etc) have huge mouths but very small
    throats - just a few inches wide (they eat small things, so they dont need
    a larger throat).
    Whether a whale ever has done this is not known. There were occasional
    stories from whaling ships in olden times of men being swallowed by sperm
    whales, but I dont know if any of these were really true.
    Phil Clapham

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

    Tel (508) 495-2316 Fax (508) 495-2066

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