Subject: WHALES

Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 07:49:44 -0500

Hi:

Depends on what you mean by "logging".  If mean "cutting down trees",
then nothing!  "Logging" is a behavioral term which refers to something
humpback whales (and sometimes other species) do: they lie more or less
motionless at the surface and rest.  Because they look rather like logs
in the water when they do this, the term "logging" was coined to
describe the behavior (it was actually first used jokingly by Aaron
Avellar of the Dolphin Fleet Whalewatch off Cape Cod, but by one of
those odd quirks has now become an accepted scientific term!)

Phil

Remix354@aol.com wrote:
> 
> WHAT DOES LOGGING HAVE TO DO WITH WHALES?

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