Subject: Re: Pygmy Right whale

Kim Marshall (kim@whale.org)
Thu, 2 Nov 1933 18:00:23 -0400

>Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1933 17:50:31 -0400
>To: "Randall W. Brown" <brownridj@email.msn.com>
>From: Kim Marshall <kim@whale.org>
>Subject: Re: Pygmy Right whale
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>Dear Isaac,
>Questions and Answers: (Answers in CAPITAL LETTERS)
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>>What are the main features of a Pygmy Right whale?
>THEY HAVE BOWED LOWER LIPS, A TAPERED POINTY ROSTRUM OR SNOUT, A SMALL
>TRIANGULAR DORSAL FIN AND THEY ARE ONLY KNOWN TO REACH 6-7 METERS IN
>LENGTH. (30+/- FEET)
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>>What is the difference in a Right whale and a Pygmy Right whale?
>RIGHT WHALES DO NOT HAVE A DORSAL FIN AND THE PYGMY RIGHT WHALES HAVE A
>VERY DISTINCTIVE JAW CONFIGUATION VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE RIGHT WHALES.
>THE HEAD OF THE PYGMY RIGHT IS NO MORE THAN 1/4 OF THE WHALES LENGTH BUTIN
>RIGHT WHALES THEIR HEADS ARE APPROX. 1/3 THE SIZE OF THEIR BODIES.  THE
>PYGMY RIGHT IS MUCH MORE STREAMLINE.
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>>What do you think is the most interesting thing about Pygmy Right whale?
>THE FACT THEY HAVE HAVE ONLY BEEN OBSERVED BY A HANDFUL OF SCIENTISTS.
>THEY ARE VERY ELUSIVE.
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>>What is the full scientific name of the Pygmy Right whale?
>Caperea marginata = Caperea means "to wrinkle" referring to the texture of
>its earbone, and marginata "enclose with a border" referring to the dark
>border on the baleen of these whales.
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>Thank you for the questions.  Kim
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