Subject: Storms and sea mammals
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 19:22:08 EDT

Not silly at all.  Big storms do alter the oceanographic conditions that in 
turn affect the food abundance and distribution:  strong currents, strong 
tides, increased siltation, change in water temperatures, overturn in the 
water column, etc.
Whales will suffocate before they would drown.  Whales need to think about 
each breath.  A stunned or injured whale may just not breathe, and 
therefore..suffocate.   Drowning might occur in an animal that is entangled 
below the surface and breathes in desperation.