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10/05/08 05:23 PM
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Right Whales

Right Whales
On the brink, on the rebound


By Douglas H. Chadwick
Photograph by Brian Skerry


They dive 600 feet, brushing their heads along the seafloor with raised, wartlike patches of skin, sometimes swimming upside down, big as sunken galleons, hot-blooded and holding their breath in cold and utter darkness while the greatest tides on Earth surge by. Then they open their cavernous maws to let the currents sweep food straight in. This is one way North Atlantic right whales feed in the Bay of Fundy between Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Or so the experts suspect, having watched the 40- to 80-ton animals surface with mud on their crowns. Mind you, they say, that could result from another activity—one nobody can imagine yet.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/10/right-whales/chadwick-text
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Re: Right Whales [Re: Short] #302544
10/05/08 07:02 PM
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How lucky is this diver to experiance this. I am so jealous.

Re: Right Whales [Re: suecate] #302546
10/05/08 07:43 PM
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I presume (s)he's not at 600ft?

Re: Right Whales [Re: Peter Jones] #302585
10/06/08 10:05 AM
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bit too much light don't you think Peter.....

Re: Right Whales [Re: Phil] #302605
10/06/08 12:21 PM
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I think you're right, Phil


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