Subject: Whale Jumping, Breathing, Using Tounge

Cara M. Gubbins (cara@scs.unr.edu)
Wed, 22 Apr 1998 17:11:46 -0700 (PDT)

Richard,
Whales hold their breath easily underwater. When we relax, our mouth tends
to open. But when a whale relaxes, its blowhole tends to stay closed, so
they don't have to put effort into holding their breath. Most whales use
their tongue to get the food that is trapped in their baleen.
Cara


On Mon, 20 Apr 1998, KMay wrote:

> Cara M. Gubbins wrote:
> > 
> > Richard,
> > Whales are able to jump out of the water by using their tails, also called
> > "flukes" to jump out of the water. Whales use their flukes to swim, and
> > have lots of muscles around tehm, so they are very strong. This strength
> > allows them to jump very high.
> > Cara
> > 
> > On Sat, 18 Apr 1998, KMay wrote:
> > 
> > > How can whales jump so high?
> > >
> > > Richard May, 5 years old
> > >
> Thank you for telling me about whales.
> 
> How do whales hold their breath under water?
> 
> How does the humpback whale get their food from their baleen?
> 
> Richard
>