Subject: Whales

Kim Marshall (kim@Whale.Org)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 11:15:19 -0500 (EST)

Hello Yellow 4 Classroom,

1. Do whales have sharp teeth? (from DeMarco)
Some whales, includingdolphins have sharp teeth.  Killer whales, sperm
whales, pilot  whales and other species all have shark teeth for grasping
their prey.  Other whales. like the big humpback whales have a straining
device instead of teeth that is kind of  like your fingernails.  These are
called baleen whales because they have baleen plates to capture plankton
which is their main food supply.

2. Do you take care of whales? (from Bryan)
Sometimes I work with the dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center in
Florida.  Here I help feed and take care of them.  Normally I work with
large whales that don't need taking care of in relation to feeding, but,
when it comes to taking care of the environment and the ocean - they have
to rely on us because we're polluting it.

3. When do whales flap their tails? (from Darielle and Erin)
Whales flap their tails or "lobtail" when they are   frustated or mad, when
they want to get another whales attention, or when they want to startle a
school of fish.  This loud smack caused the fish to bunch tight together,
making it easier for the whale to eat them.  Scientists are really sure why
they do this but these are some of the theories.

4. Do whales sleep at night or in the day? (from Jazmyn)
Whales don;t actually sleep like we do they have to think about every
breath they take. If they fall asleep they could drowned. Instead they rest
with one eye always open and watching for danger.

5. Do whales die in the ocean? (from Crystal)
Normally whales die in the ocean and sink to the bottom and become food for
other aquatic animals.  Although, sometimes when they are sick or confused
they wash up on shore and die there, especially baby whales that get hurt
or attacked by other animals.

Thank you for your wonderful questions.   Kim Marshall