Subject: Re: whales

Kim Marshall (kim@whale.org)
Thu, 2 Nov 1933 18:01:22 -0400

>Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1933 17:20:46 -0400
>To: sshirley@dcd.pvt.k12.ma.us (Sue Shirley)
>From: Kim Marshall <kim@whale.org>
>Subject: Re: whales
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>Question:
>Kim,
>We are in the other half of Mrs. Shirley's science class at Dedham Country
>Day School. We also have a few questions for you.
>
>Replies with questions: (ANSWERS IN CAPITAL LETTERS)
>
>>From Kayla and Ashley: Did you go on a whale watch this summer? If you
>did what whales did you see?
>
>I WORK ON WHALE WATCH BOATS AS A NATURALIST AND THIS SUMMER I WENT OUT TO
>SEE THE WHALES SERVERAL TIMES.  THE WHALES WE MOST COMMONLY SEEN WERE
>HUMPBACK WHALES, THEN MINKE AND FIN WHALES.  IN THE SPRING WE SOMETIMES
>GET TO SEE THE VERY ENDANGERED RIGHT WHALES.
>
>>From Micah, Chris, and Adam: What does spermaceti feel like?
>I HAVE NEVER FELT SPERMACETI BUT THE WHALERS SOUGHT AFTER IT FROM SPERM
>WHALES BECAUSE THIS OILY SUBSTANCE WAS AN EXECELLENT LUBRICANT FOR
>MACHINERY. IT WAS ALSO GOOD FOR MAKING SMOKELESS CANDLES.
>
>>From Jay and Stephen: What is your favorite whale? How many whales
>have you seen?  MY FAVORITE WHALES IS THE DOLPHIN - A SMALL TOOTHED WHALE.
>I ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK WITH BOTTLENOSED DOLPHINS BUT AFTER WORKING WITH
>LARGE WHALES FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS I CAN'T SAY I HAVE A FAVORITE ANYMORE
>BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL SO AMAZING.  I HAVE SEEN SPERM WHALES, RIGHT WHALES,
>HUMKPBACK WHALES, FIN AND MINKE WHALES, PILOT WHALES, DOLPHINS, BRYDES
>WHALES AND OTHER BEAKED WHALES - I HAVE NOT SEEN A BLUE WHALE YET!
>
>>From Jacqueline and Alexandra: What did you do over the summer that has
>to do with whales?  AS A NATURALIST ABOARD WHALE WATCH BOATS I TEACH
>PEOPLE ABOUT THE WHALES WE MAY ENCOUNTER ON THEIR FEEDING GROUNDS OFF THE
>EAST COAST.  I AM ALSO PREPARING TO GO TO ARGENTINA TO STUDY RIGHT WHALES
>THIS MONTH.
>
>>From Sarah and Kristie: Did you study whales in college?
>MY MAJOR WAS BIOLOGY BUT I ALSO MADE SURE I ENROLLED IN AS MANY MARINE
>ANIMAL AND MARINE BIOLOGY RELATED COURSES AS I COULD FIND- EVEN IF THEY
>WERE OUTSIDE OF MY COLLEGE.  IT IS VERY GOOD TO LEARN GENERAL BIOLOGY AND
>SPECIALIZE LATER ON SO THAT YOU HAVE MORE CAREER CHOICES COMING OUT OF
>COLLEGE THEN IF YOU ONLY KNOW ABOUT ON SUBJECT.
>
>THANK YOU FOR ASKING SUCH GREAT QUESTIONS! KIM
>
>

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