Subject: Toothed whales, what kind, life, whaling, etc.

Dagmar Fertl (
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 15:08:31 -0500


Dear Sarah,

1.  I need to know what kind of baby whale you're talking about and where it 
lives to attempt to answer this question.  Baby whales (depending on their age) 
probably spend their time nursing and following mom around.  Babies travel to 
the side and just below mom because they get a "free ride" there and are pulled 
along in the mom's draft.  Baby whales have important things to learn like how 
to protect themselves from predators, later on how to find food, and other 
important things.

2.  I would suggest that you look and see if your library has a book for kids 
about whaling.  Whaling was very hard work and dangerous also for the men.

3.  It probably depends on who you talk to, but I think that spinner dolphins, 
bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, and pantropical spotted dolphins are the 
most common.  If you look thru the WhaleNet archives, I have suggested good 
books to look at for information on a particular species of whale or dolphin.  
Since I have studied bottlenose dolphins, I can tell you that there is so much 
information, it would really surprise you maybe.  For bottlenose dolphin books, 
for your age, I suggest:

Thompson and Wilson.  The bottlenose dolphin.  Voyageur Press.

Shane.  The bottlenose dolphin in the wild.

The American Cetacean Society recently revised their fact sheet on bottlenose 
dolphins, so you might want to contact them.  They're on the web:

Spinner dolphins sometimes school in groups of several thousand dolphins.

4.  Fish and whales differ in a number of ways.  Think about all the 
characteristics that make a fish a fish and that make a whale a mammal.  For 
example, whales breathe air with lungs - fish thru their gills; whales give 
birth to live young - fish lay eggs; whales are warm-blooded, fish are 
cold-blooded; whales nurse their young with milk from their mammary glands, fish
don't usually take care of their young; whales have hair at some time in their 
development, fish have scales.  I explained the differences with the tails last 
week, so if you check thru the WhaleNet archives....

5.  Whales communicate with each other by sound, touching each other, and seeing
each other (color patterns on the body).

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Dear Dagmar,
        It is Sarah again. I'm sorry about my questions. I guess it was because
I wrote them at night. (I get really tired at night and can't think that 
well). So that is why I'm going to try again. 
1. What is of a baby whale like?
2.What were the Early Days of Whaling like?
3.What are the 4 most common toothed whales? Describe them please.
4.In what ways do whales differ from fish?
5.How do whales communicat with one another?
        I hope that these questions are better. Thanks alot.
                                Sarah L. Calk
P.S- I'm 10 years old. Was born in Huntsville,Alabama. My parents names 
are Rosemarry and Bill. I have a sister named Lindsay. I like to do 
cheerleading and art. When I grow up, I either want to be a horse 
trainer, an animal rescuer, or a scuba-diver.