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    Re: Sperm whale buoyancy.
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2007 Mar 21, 17:41 -0700

    Gary LaPook responds:
    You're right, it might be that whales in the northern hemispere burp
    while whales in the southern hemisphere fart. Maybe you can come up
    with an explanation for why this would be true.  But I do know that at
    least one whale species in at least one hemisphere "blows" with a
    fishy breath so this seems a reasonable explanation for George's
    observation. Ask Ocam for his razor.
    On Mar 21, 3:07 pm, "P F"  wrote:
    > Gary says:
    > > I can add some personal observations. Sunday we were offshore southern
    > > California about 5 NM south west of Port Hueneme where we saw two
    > > humped back whales. We watched these whales for some time and they
    > > appeared to be on about a seven minute schedule. One surfaced so close
    > > to the boat that we could hear him blow and then smelled his breath
    > > which was very "fishy." Since he had been down only about seven
    > > minutes and we were in only thirteen fathoms it would appear George's
    > > "fart" theory for the "fishy" smell has been disproved.
    >  One observation of a different species in (presumably) shallow
    > coastal waters in another hemisphere? Am not sure this disproves
    > anything. It could be like making a conclusion about the physiology of
    > camels based on a single observation of a beaver.
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