Subject: whale blubber (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Fri, 8 Jan 1999 15:21:51 -0500 (EST)


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Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 14:54:04 -0500
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Subject: whale blubber


Wow!  What a great project!  I'm really not qualified to give you the
information you need, but I'm going to send you to someone who is.  His
name is Dr Michael Moore from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
and he knows all about blubber in whales.  His email is

There really hasn't been a great deal of study about blubber.  Dr Sara
Iverson at Dalhousie University in Canada (you might find her on the
Web) has done some work on blubber and she'd be another good person to

good luck!

Phil Clapham wrote:
> Dear Scientist:
>      My name is Nicholas Teto. I am 12 years old. I am in the seventh grade. I
> am doing a science project on whale insulation. Whales are cool. Can you
> please give me some information on whales and their blubber. My hypothesis is
> to simulate the blubber of a whale and how blubber insulates whales in the
> cold water. I want to show different layers of blubber, outer, inner and
> middle. I would like to also demonstrate thick, thin, temperatures, warming
> and cooling. Any information from you would be appreciated. I am sure that it
> will enhance my report.
> Thank you in advance for your help
> Nicholas Teto


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
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