|How are these baby whales born and what do they
eat? Can male whales have babies?
|Question Date: 2011-03-24|
Whales are mammals and have live births just
like humans. Baby whales are born in the water and
can come out either head first or tail first. Also
like us, baby whales eat by nursing from their
mom. The mom produces milk using her mammary
glands, which the baby whale can suck on for food.
Male whales can not have babies for the same
reasons your dad can not have babies.
Baby whales (calves) are born underwater tail
first.The newborn quickly goes to the surface to
get air and the mothers are very protective of
their babies. The calves nurse underwater but
close to the surface. And male whales cannot
Whales are born pretty much like all mammals
are, except that they are born underwater and
their mothers have to help them to the surface for
their first breaths. Whales are descended from
land mammals, so they need to breathe air.
(Theres a nice webquest about their history at
this site: click-here
Only females can have babies. They stay pregnant
for nearly a year. This allows the babies to get
very large before they are born. They may be one
third to one half the length of their mothers.
Then they live off their mothers milk for about
another six months while she teaches them the
basics of being a whale. This takes a lot of
energy from the mother, so she may only have one
baby every 2-3 years.
Baby whales are born much like baby humans are
born. Because whales are mammals, they give birth
to their baby whales in the water (whales don't
come from eggs). The baby whales will nurse milk
from their mothers, like human babies do. Male
whales cannot have babies, just like other male
mammals cannot have babies. Only female mammals
can have babies because they have the necessary
reproductive organs, such as a uterus where the
baby grows and develops. Males do not have these
necessary parts. For more on whale reproduction,
see this neat Wikipedia article: whale-reproduction
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