Subject: Tongue: Question about Humpback whale (fwd)

Mike Williamson (pita@www1.wheelock.edu)
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 08:37:04 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 16:43:04 -0400
From: Greg Early <gearly@neaq.org>
To: mbgrunes@mmm.com
Subject: Re: Question about Humpback whale

At 12:44 PM 10/17/98 -0500, you wrote:
>does the Humpback have a tong?


Hi there,

Does a Humpback whale have a tongue?   Yes they do and a big one at that.
A humpback would use its tongue to help force water through it's baleen to
catch its food.  It would be a little like if you had a mouthful of peas
and mashed potatoes and used your tongue to squash the potatoes through
your teeth and swallowed the peas.  If you do this at the table and you get
in trouble do not blame it on me...OK?

ge
Greg Early
Edgerton Research Laboratory				
New England Aquarium
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