yucky facts you know about sea animals (fwd)

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Date: Sat Feb 26 2005 - 18:56:52 EST

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    Hi Janice...

    Great question! let's see...

    I work with whales, and probably the most yukky thing about them is the
    way they smell when they're dead. because whales are SO big - a blue
    whale can be more than 100 feet long and weigh 200 tons - they are VERY
    difficult to get rid of when they wash up dead on a beach. And you
    wouldn't believe the smell. There's a LOT of it, and if you get some of
    the whale on your clothes (which we do when we cut them up) you never get
    rid of the smell. I have a coat that still smells like a dead blue whale
    seven years later, no matter how many times I wash it.

    Years ago a dead and very smelly whale washed up in Oregon and the people
    there decided to get rid of it by blowing it up with dynamite. It was a
    really dumb idea. When the whale blew to pieces they all fell out of the
    sky and almost hit the people watching, and one big piece crushed a car.
    You can see this on video at:


    It's pretty funny seeing all the people cheer when the whale blows up and
    then running away as it comes out of the sky.

    Anyway, I hope you find lots of more yukky facts about sea animals.

    Best wishes,


    Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
    Alaska Fisheries Science Center
    National Marine Mammal Lab
    7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 4
    Seattle, WA 98115

    email: phillip.clapham@noaa.gov tel: (206) 526-4037 fax: (206) 526-6615

    > Hi I just wanted to know if you knew any disgusting facts about any type > of sea animal (for 2 graders) thanks Janice PS my a-mail address is > horseloveres@hotmail.com (please a-mail me back even if you don't know > any I'd just like to know)

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