Subject: hormones effecting the behavior of the humpback whale

Kim Marshall (
Thu, 20 May 1999 14:37:27 -0400 (EDT)

>>I asked whale scientist Dr. Phil Clapham of the Large Whale Biology
Program at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center if he could recommond any
>>that might address your question.  His reply was: "There has been
>>essentially no research into humpback whale endocrinology, except for some
>>side stuff related to reproduction.  Try Slijper, who might have something
>>to say on this subject in general."  (Slijper is an author.)
>>I hope this helps you! Thank you.
>>>  Could you help me, at the moment I am studying a course in animal
>>>anatomy and physiology and I'm having trouble finding out any thing on
the endocrinology of the humpbacked whale. I need to know such things as what
>>>hormones it uses all the time, and hormones that are only used at certain
>>>times like pregnancy. If you do have any info it would be a great help.

Kim Marshall-Tilas
Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance
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Lincoln, MA  01773
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