Amazing Animals 9 - Whale Milk Not On Low-Fat Diets [LiveScience 2007-01-28]
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Myths and mysteries make the animal world fascinating, but even odd creatures ought to be understood. We explore a few recent findings, common misconceptions and amazing adaptations.???Ben Mauk
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Number 9: Whale Milk Not On Low-Fat Diets
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 pounds per day.