Subject: Bowhead Whale

bcooper@neaq.org
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 17:45:27 -0500 (EST)

Hi,

	I went hunting around and found some stuff.
> 
> 1- How did the Bowhead whale get it's name

It got its name from "it's high arching mouth, that gives the head a
distinctive profile" (Haley, 1978)
 
> 2-What is the Bowhead whales mating habits 

Bowheads reproduce in Mar/May, one year to thirteen months later  the calf
is born. They are usually 4.5 meters in length when born. They reach
sexual maturity at about 12 meters (4 years old). (Evans, 1987)

You can get more material at
whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/classification.html

> 3- What is the Bowheads whale's behavior like

There is a great section on whale behavior at: 
whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/classifications.html
> 
> 					Thanks
> 
Source:Marine Mammals, ed. Delphine Haley. 1978. pg.83
The Natural History of Whales & Dolphins, Peter Evans. 1987.

I hope it helps,

Bob Cooper