Subject: pygmy right whale

Tori (cullins@hawaii.edu)
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 22:24:43 -1000

Hi Tori, I am in third grade in Massachusetts and we are studying whales.  I
would like to know the length and weight, average life span, and migration
pattern of a Pygmy Right whale. Also, how is the weather in Hawaii?  It is
about 55 degrees here today. Thank you, Tania


Aloha Tania,

The pygmy right whale can reach a length of 21 ft. I could not find a
wieght, but in comparison to other whales of similair size I would
estimate it at about 100 pounds per linear foot. 
Tania, somehow you have picked or been given the rarest and the least
known of the whalebone whales. No wonder you are looking for these
answers! The pygmy right whale is found only in cooler temperate waters.
They have been recorded from Tasmania, SE and SW Australia, S. New
Zealand, the Falkland Islands, South Africa, and various islands in the
southern ocean. However, their migratory patterns are not well known.
Sorry!

I did not find the average life span either, but in comparison with other
whales of their size and type, I would guess about 40-60 years.

The weather is about the same as it is about everyday. Here is what the
average weather report sounds like. Highs in the upper 80's, humidity 70%,
lows in the mid 70's, windward and mauka (mountain) showers, tradewinds
15-20 mph. June 1st was the first day of hurricane season. If you hear
that we have been hit by one, email me and I'll give you the inside scoop.
That's if we have electrical power! If it's a bad one, pray for us or just
send donations (just kidding!).

A hui hou (until we meet again),
Tori