Re: types of whales

From: Tom Ford (tjfketos@rcn.com)
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 18:47:39 EST

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    From: thera parker
    Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 14:44:51 -0800 (PST)
    To: tjfketos@rcn.com, pita@whale.simmons.edu
    Subject: types of whales

    A friend tells me dolphins are whales. I think dolphins and whales are both
    mammals but not the same thing. Which of us is right?

    Dear Thera ,

    Your friend is correct but , you are not completely incorrect. Dolphins are
    indeed smaller whales.
    However common parlance does use the word whale for the larger species. The
    confusion arises
    due to the way the word whale is commonly used. The more accurate term is
    cetacean.

    synonimically yours,

    Tom Ford



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