Subject: whale Brain Size

Peter Scheifele (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 12:34:22 -0500

At 10:32 AM 3/25/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Do whales have large or small brains?
>Whales actually have fairly large brains compared to humans.  Wheteher they
are large overall depends upon how you look at it.  That is, compared to the
size of the whale's body, the whale brain is similar in size ratio to human
brain-to-body.  Especially the toothed whales whose brains are largely built
to process sound.  By the way, they have no sense of smell!
Peter M. Scheifele
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University of Connecticut
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