Subject: Baleens

Aldemaro Romero (aRomero@herald.infi.net)
Sun, 08 Mar 1998 23:03:30 -0500

> Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 16:08:31 +0000
> From: Jeremiah Leary <kilgarvan@ctel.net>
> Reply-To: same@groucho.ctel.net
> To: aRomero@ACC.FAU.EDU, pita@whale.wheelock.edu
> Subject: baleen
> 
> Hi,
> I teach at a small science and occasionally do programming on whales.
> Recently, I have been asked several times if baleen grows like our hair
> or fingernails.  I would appreciate some info on this subject.  Thank
> you.
> Rita Rogers

Dera Rita:

Yes, they grow like any other organ or tissue.  Baleen plates can be as
long as 3 m in the right whale or even longer than 4 meters in the
bowhead.

Best wishes,

Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.