Subject: Breaching

Kim Marshall (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Sun, 31 Oct 1999 18:40:13 -0500

Question:  I am a yr 10 student doing an assignment on why whales breach. I
am asked to
>come up with a hypothisis. Can you help?

Reply: Scientists are not certain why whales breach. Breaching seems to be
a method for whales to make noise to send signals to other whales - maybe a
mating display or simply saying I am over here?  It also might be a way of
ridding their bodies of itchy parasites or to help them digest food.  Check
out WhaleNet's pages of information to find out more detailed information.
Good luck on your project! Kim


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