Subject: humpback eating habits

Yankee Fleet: Carol Hill/Lisa Foerster (
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 15:34:01 -0700

Dear Giselle -

Humpback whales, in fact, fast during the winter months.  They live 
almost exclusively off of their blubber layer durint the wintertime, 
which means that they can lose up to 1/3 of their body weight or 8-12 
tons each winter!  Summertime is when these whales replenish that 
important blubber layer, so they can migrate again the next winter and 
start the cycle again!

> Hi.  My name is Giselle Pomerleau, and I am very interested in marine
> biology. I have studied about whales ever sience fifth grade.  I have
> a quick question for you.  When the whales are in the south mating and
> having calfs, do they eat?  Or, do they wait until summer?
>                                                                                                         Giselle Rajjotte Pomerleau