Re: whale question

From: Orca Network (howard@orcanetwork.org)
Date: Sat Dec 13 2003 - 09:10:29 EST

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    My class at school wants to know what happens to the whales when they die
    out in the ocean. Do they float around in the ocean like fish do when they
    die?

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    Jenny Kramer, Northbridge Elementary School

    The bodies of dead whales usually sink to the bottom, although they may
    temporarily rise to the surface when gases build up and float the carcass.
    Unless they float to a beach, they ultimately sink, where they attract a
    wide variety of organisms large and small which consume the body, in the
    process creating a thriving ecosystem for weeks or months.

    Howard Garrett
    Orca Network
    Greenbank WA
    (360) 678-3451
    www.orcanetwork.org
    howard@orcanetwork.org



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