Message-ID: <3504C087.2A09@herald.infi.net> Date: Mon, 09 Mar 1998 23:24:39 -0500 From: Aldemaro Romero <aRomero@herald.infi.net> Reply-To: aRomero@herald.infi.net Organization: InfiNet X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win95; U) MIME-Version: 1.0 To: Exotic6978@aol.com CC: firstname.lastname@example.org,, email@example.com Subject: On grey whales References: <Pine.PMDF.3.95.980309225457.553649307D-100000@ACC.FAU.EDU> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit > Date: Mon, 09 Mar 1998 22:22:50 -0500 (EST) > From: Exotic6978 <Exotic6978@aol.com> > To: aRomero@ACC.FAU.EDU, firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: grey whales... > > Hello...i am a 4th grader, and doing a report on grey whales. I would like to > know the effects of the human enviornment on whales, as in oil spills, > whalers, and pollution. I would also like to know why they Breech? You may > reply to this address, its my aunts, but she wil give me the information. > Thank You. > > Kareem Hurani > 4th grader, Carr Elementary School Dear Kareem: Whaling has been responsible for decimating many whale populations and given their low rate of recovery it is quite possible that many whale and dolphin species will remain endangered for a long time. Regarding pollution we know that whales and dolphins stay away from it, but obviously can be affected in many ways. One of them, which is being disussed right now, is the possible effect of many pollutants in decreasing the ability of the immune system (that is, their ability to defend themselves from diseases) to respond to a series or microorganisms, especially viruses. Regarding strandings, well there are many theories that include diseases, disorientation, and rather unexplained social behaviors. Most probably more than one cause, and sometimes more than one acting at the same time, are responsible for the phenomenon. Best wishes, Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.