Subject: Reproduction

Pieter Folkens (animalbytes@earthlink.net)
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 00:51:44 -0700

I do not know a formal paper specifically on the behavior. I've only seen
it anecdotally in the literature. The best place to get more information
about it is to actually watch it happening in the Baja Lagoons and off
Patagonia. (I'm tardy in responding to your question because I have been in
Baja observing precisely this behavior.) I've often seen not just a third
whale, but a fourth, fifth, sixth and even a seventh whale. Grays can get
into full tilt orgies with every combination of sexes (2 & 2, 1 & 4, 3 & 2,
etc.). In such forays the working principle is the same: other whales
provide support (physical resistance) to females so copulation can happen.

Cheers,

Pieter Folkens

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