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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-10 07:18 PM
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56. Sperm whales often float after death, since the blubber makes them buoyant
Other whales even more so - right whales are particularly buoyant and got their name because they were the 'right' whales to hunt due to the floating after being killed.

However, I think you're partly on the right track: whales that die of natural causes are more likely to be nutritionally-deprived and thus less buoyant, while a healthy whale killed by a ship-collision or a toxic environment would be more buoyant. However, the floating doesn't really imply anything about this particular whale's death.

Carcasses that do sink are major sources of deep-sea nutrients, and there are some awesome videos of bottom scavengers picking clean dead whales...
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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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