Subject: Whales out of water

Peter Scheifele (
Wed, 02 Apr 1997 14:52:41 -0500

Dear Mark,

        Since whales are air-breathers in the same way that we are, the only
problem that they have being out of water (other than predators) is the
elemnts (weather) and the fact that they are lying on their lungs.  The time
it takes before they cannot breath well will vary for each whale but it can
be a long time (hours).  I have transported whales and dolphins from aquaria
to aquaria on plane rides as long as 6 hours!

At 09:09 PM 4/1/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Dear Mr. Scheifele,
>How long can a whale survive out of water, say when it is beached?
>Mark Harris
>2nd grade
Peter M. Scheifele
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University of Connecticut
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