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How are these baby whales born and what do they eat? Can male whales have babies?
Question Date: 2011-03-24
Answer 1:

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.

Answer 2:

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 have babies.

Answer 3:

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:


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.

Answer 4:

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:


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