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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:35 AM
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27. I think it's unusual that they float to the surface when they die.

They sink to the ocean floor, I believe, where their bodies are eaten by carcass worms.

If it's rising to the surface, my sense is it has been ingesting something that made its body more buoyant. Now, what would that be?
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  -Dead sperm whale found in Gulf Robbien  Jun-16-10 10:53 PM   #0 
  - Few more, and it could mark the end of a species.  flvegan   Jun-16-10 10:56 PM   #1 
  - they say the sperm whale population in the Gulf can only absorb about 3 whale deaths  CreekDog   Jun-16-10 11:57 PM   #15 
  - Exactly. You're right.  flvegan   Jun-17-10 12:03 AM   #16 
  - ...  Soylent Brice   Jun-17-10 06:56 AM   #24 
     - Yes, gestation is long and there are only so many able to breed  CreekDog   Jun-17-10 12:26 PM   #51 
  - I agree  LaurenG   Jun-17-10 10:07 AM   #42 
  - It is going to be a long, sad summer.  tekisui   Jun-16-10 10:58 PM   #2 
  - Yes, indeed, it is.  MrMickeysMom   Jun-17-10 10:35 PM   #58 
  - Damn these greedy bastards to hell and back! n/t  dgibby   Jun-16-10 10:59 PM   #3 
  - RELATED NEWS--FOX Television speculates the cause might be a new whale disease and not the oil spill  happygoluckytoyou   Jun-17-10 08:03 AM   #32 
     - "New whale disease?!"  Patchuli   Jun-17-10 11:16 AM   #45 
     - Fox no like this new-fangled thing called science.  gauguin57   Jun-17-10 11:19 AM   #47 
  - fuckitall  mikelgb   Jun-16-10 11:02 PM   #4 
  - BP should be held responsible, like any private citizen, for killing endangered animals  AtheistCrusader   Jun-16-10 11:06 PM   #5 
  - oh goddess damn it all to hell we knew this was coming  bread_and_roses   Jun-16-10 11:06 PM   #6 
  - Sad K&R  earthboundmisfit   Jun-16-10 11:07 PM   #7 
  - They want to find out "how" it died?  Prometheus Bound   Jun-16-10 11:08 PM   #8 
  - Well, sperm whales do die  Recursion   Jun-16-10 11:26 PM   #11 
     - I think it's unusual that they float to the surface when they die.  caseymoz   Jun-17-10 07:35 AM   #27 
     - Actually you are wrong  TZ   Jun-17-10 07:41 AM   #29 
     - Then I retract. What can I say? I'm a landlubber in a landlocked state. nt  caseymoz   Jun-17-10 09:28 AM   #39 
     - I've seen dead whales floating in the Pacific  Recursion   Jun-17-10 08:04 AM   #33 
     - Sperm whales often float after death, since the blubber makes them buoyant  petronius   Jun-17-10 07:18 PM   #56 
     - Hard to do when the "evidence" is being destroyed  dgibby   Jun-17-10 08:32 AM   #35 
  - Just three dead sperm whales could push the Gulf population over the edge  Catherina   Jun-16-10 11:15 PM   #9 
  - If it were not so GD effing sad,  Mira   Jun-16-10 11:24 PM   #10 
  - Heartbreaking.  Bette Noir   Jun-16-10 11:38 PM   #12 
  - I would like to personally apologize for the entire human race.  nolabear   Jun-16-10 11:43 PM   #13 
  - I went to see the documentary Oceans back in April, the film is so beautiful. Is that  Jefferson23   Jun-16-10 11:46 PM   #14 
  - I saw "Dolphins and Whales 3-D" yesterday  onestepforward   Jun-17-10 01:24 AM   #17 
  - Pulls at your heart, absolutely. n/t  Jefferson23   Jun-17-10 08:02 AM   #31 
  - Yep!  dgibby   Jun-17-10 08:37 AM   #36 
  - Tip of the iceberg.  JackDragna   Jun-17-10 01:58 AM   #18 
  - ...  laughingliberal   Jun-17-10 02:17 AM   #19 
  - God I totally missed the whale in that.  Drunken Irishman   Jun-17-10 03:23 AM   #20 
  - Heartbreaking  democrank   Jun-17-10 06:15 AM   #21 
  - I read this and I literally got sick to my stomach ....  gleaner   Jun-17-10 06:34 AM   #22 
  - Can BP be charged with violating the endangered species act  TZ   Jun-17-10 06:49 AM   #23 
  - Horrible news...  Minimus   Jun-17-10 07:08 AM   #25 
  - ...  City Lights   Jun-17-10 07:14 AM   #26 
  - I'm afraid just an oily taste of what's to come.  caseymoz   Jun-17-10 07:39 AM   #28 
  - yep  Drops_not_Dope   Jun-17-10 09:44 AM   #40 
  - BP allowed samples top be taken from it? Really?  salguine   Jun-17-10 07:57 AM   #30 
  - The investigation  bongbong   Jun-17-10 08:19 AM   #34 
  - Perhaps this, and the oil-enslimed pelican on the front page of the Wash Post will wake up folks. nt  Captain Hilts   Jun-17-10 08:47 AM   #37 
  - ...  Spheric   Jun-17-10 09:12 AM   #38 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jun-17-10 09:45 AM   #41 
  - k and r  femrap   Jun-17-10 11:07 AM   #43 
  - We need a total change in America's philosophy of life . . .obviously--!!  defendandprotect   Jun-17-10 11:08 AM   #44 
  - Yeah, this is going to kill more than just bird-sized stuff  Doctor_J   Jun-17-10 11:16 AM   #46 
  - How Does Money Fix Something Like This? nm  LeFleur1   Jun-17-10 11:19 AM   #48 
  - Sorry about that link  Robbien   Jun-17-10 12:38 PM   #52 
  - Obama's $20 billion means nothing to this whale, or to the species. n/t  keepCAblue   Jun-17-10 11:21 AM   #49 
  - And there shall be many more dead animals to come. Sad. n/t  alp227   Jun-17-10 11:40 AM   #50 
  - You'd think with all the research that has been done on whales  EFerrari   Jun-17-10 12:41 PM   #53 
  - Sadly, this is merely the tip of the iceberg...  BrklynLiberal   Jun-17-10 06:56 PM   #54 
  - So many recs for this dead animal. Dead turtle, or engangered pelicans...  time_has_come   Jun-17-10 07:04 PM   #55 
  - .  donheld   Jun-17-10 09:38 PM   #57 

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