Subject: Re: WHALES

Kim Marshall (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Sun, 16 May 1999 10:18:11 -0400 (EDT)

>Question:	HOW DO WHALES MAKE BABYS?

Reply:
Whales reproduce in the same manner that humans do, by a female egg being
fertilized by male sperm.  You can find out more by researching human
anatomy and reproductive biology.  Whales also give birth to live whales
just like humans give birth to live babies and they nurse their young with
milk.

Different species of whales have different ways of courting their
prospective mates. Humpback whales sing, the longest, strongest singer that
impresses the female usuallly gets to mate with her while dolphins and
other toothed whales caress each other to instigate breeding.  I suggest
reading Dr. Roger Payne's newest book, Among Whales, available at
bookstores. He goes into detail about the different species mating styles.

Also search WhaleNet's how to find page for more general information on
this subject at http://whale.wheelock.edu./howtofind.html

Thank you, Kim



Kim Marshall-Tilas
Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance
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Lincoln, MA  01773
(781) 259-0423
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