Subject: whales species

Leah Gerber (leah@fish.washington.edu)
Sat, 28 Mar 1998 19:31:22 -0800

At 10:18 PM 3/24/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear, Leah
>
>My name is Michelle.I am in 3rd grade.I am 8 years old.I have a some 
>questions for you. How many whales are there in the world?who 
>discovered whales?
>
>
>
>																From Michelle finik


Dear Michelle,

There are many different species of whales. The order cetacea (whales
dolphins and porpoises) includes 2 suborders -- the mystecetes and the
odontocetes.  The mystecetes include 3 families: 
Baleanopteridae (6 species)
Balaenidae (2 species)
Eschrichtidae (1 species)

The odontocetes include 5 families: 
Ziphiidae (8 species)
Physeteridae (3 species)
Monodonte (2 species)
Delphinidae (15 species)
Phocoenidae (3 species)

Different species of whales were discovered by different people.

Cheers, Leah