Subject: milk nutrients

Kim Marshall (kim@Whale.Org)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 20:44:32 -0500 (EST)


Nutrients in whale milk from blue, fin, humpback, gray and spserm whales,
porpoises, belugas,  and pilot whales shoes that the composition is 40-50%
water, 40_50% fat, 11-12% protein, -2% lactose, 1% salts and vitamins.

Compared to other animals, whale milk is 3-4 times more concentrated than
cow milk.  This is why calves can suckle for less periods of time and
allows the mother to retain more water in her system.  The sugar content is
lower in whale milk than, almost nil as opposed to humans at 6-8%.

Good question.  Thank you Kim Marshall