Subject: Mating

Kim Marshall (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 08:26:51 -0400

Reply:
The penis size in great whales (ie: humpback whales, right whales) is
approximately 2.5 to 3 meters long and is made up of a solid strand of
elastic tissue.  The positions whales use to copulate are varied.  They can
swim alongside each other where the male bends his tail under the female or
more commonly stomach to stomach.
Please continue your search for more information by viewing
http://whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/classifications.html.  Thank you!

Question:
This question originated as an amusing topic considered in a maths lesson,
however I and fellow sixth form members would be most grateful if you could
provide a solution:   How do whales perform sexual intercourse ( does one
swim upside down? )? How large is a male whales sexual organ relative to
its body?

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