Subject: Whale questions

Lindsay J Porter (h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk)
Sun, 5 Apr 1998 21:30:14 +0800 (HKT)

>From a group of students in Ms. Cotner's fifth grade class in Odessa,
>Texas:
>
>Students are Melissa, Kim, Meagan, Amy and Javon
>
>Our questions are:
>
>Can whales be kept as pets?
>
>How much do whales eat in a day?
>
>What is the weight and length of the largest whale?
>
Dear Melissa, Kim, Meagan, Amy and Javon,
It would be pretty difficult to keep a whale as a pet - owing to their large
size and enormous appetites!  Also - it might be a little unfair to keep a
whale used to the whole ocean as its home in something as small as a
swimming pool or large aquarium.   

Baleen whales filter plankton and other small marine creatures from the sea
and thought to eat many tons of food A DAY!

The largest of all whales is the Blue whale, which is recorded as being 30m
in length and weighing 160 tons.  This species can eat 8 tons of krill
(small marine creatures) PER DAY.

I hope this answers your questions   
Lindsay J Porter
email h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk
Dolphin Research Group
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Cape d'Aguilar
Hong Kong
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