Cow and Calf BLUE WHALE (Balaenoptera musculus) - No Photo Credit found*
Nursing a newborn is no “small” feat for the whale, whose calf emerges, after 10 to 12 months in the womb, about a third the mother’s length (that’s a 30-foot baby for the Blue whale). The mother squirts milk into the newborn’s mouth using muscles around the mammary gland while the baby holds tight to a nipple (yes, whales have them). At nearly 50 percent fat, whale milk has around 10 times the fat content of human milk, which helps calves achieve some serious growth spurts -as much as 200 lbs/day.
Note: I have been fortunate twice in the past five years to see blue whale off the coast of California. The first time we sailed around a tolerant whale basking at the surface. He let us make a full loop before quietly dropping below the surface. The second time we dropped sail and joined a dozen other loosely gathered boats, as a pod of blue whale spent a good 45 minutes feeding. Both amazing experiences. (We do give them distance as is required by law) *The photo link is in Slovak
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