Subject: Whale tears

Phil Clapham (
Tue, 19 Jan 1999 16:00:06 -0500


Great question!  No, whales can't cry because they don't have lachrymose
glands (tear ducts).  We have these because we need to keep our eyes
moist somehow, but since whales are in water they have no need of these

Phil Clapham

Paola LoPiccolo wrote:
> dear Mr. Clapham,
> we are two third grade students from The Glen Head Elementary School in Long
> Island. We are interested in finding out if whales can cry.
>                                         sincerely,
>                                 Glen Gerbush and Stephen Magli
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Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
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