Whale Tales - douglasgood


Mother and Calf surface for a breath

The mother Humpback settles into a rest period. We measure her breath cycle at 8 to 10 minutes. She can hold her breath as long as 25 minutes, but her calf must breathe every 3 to 5 minutes.

When the calf is first born, the mother must teach it to breathe, literally pushing it to the surface for that first lung full of air.

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