Subject: whale respiration

Dagmar Fertl (
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 15:32:40 -0500

     Dear Alex,
     Thanks for the question on whale respiration.  There seems to be great 
     interest lately in whale physiology on WhaleNet.
     Earlier today, I answered a question about heart rate in whales.  You 
     might want to refer to that answer in the ASK archives.  I had 
     suggested some information relative to diving physiology.  For your 
     question, I also suggest that you look up:
     Ridgway, S.H. (ed) 1972.  Mammals of the sea: biology and medicine.  
     Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL.
     Though this book is old, it has some good information on whale 
     It wasn't really clear from your question whether you were looking at 
     the actual physiology (mechanics) behind respiration, what respiration 
     is like during diving, or for respiration rates in general of whales.  
     I think if you look through the literature and look up information on 
     radio-tagged whales/dolphins, you will find information on respiration 
     rates - lots of it in fact.  The NAVY has conducted and funded much 
     research in this area.
     I hope this helps you get on the right pathway for collecting 
     information.  I welcome you to send additional questions when you have 
     more specific questions about this interesting topic.
     Thanks for sending your question to WhaleNet!

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Subject: Hello
Author:  brian blair <> at ~smtp
Date:    2/3/98 12:26 PM

Hello, I'm a student at Abelard Centre and recently I've been assigned a 
project on whale respiration. So far I've been unable to find any decent 
info on that topic.  I would really appreciate it if you could send me 
any information. Thank you in advance.
Best regards,
Alex Shikhman.
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