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ResIpsaLoquitor
04-05-2003, 06:17 PM
Just curious. Can whales, like, go to the bottom of the ocean, or would the pressure get them first?

Q.E.D.
04-05-2003, 06:23 PM
Sperm whales are the deepest diving whales. Although they live at the surface they dive to hunt giant squid that are bottom dwellers. They have been known to dive as deeply as 10,500 feet (3,200 m), but average dives are about 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep. The Sperm whale can hold its breath for about an hour.From [url=http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Spermwhale.shtml[/url]

Bryan Ekers
04-05-2003, 06:27 PM
This guy (http://www.metricsucks.com/cgi-bin/webbbs/webbbs_config.pl?read=9064) says Guinness reports a 1.9-mile dive by a sperm whale.

There are, of course, many different species of whale, all with different abilities, but I wouldn't doubt Q.E.D. was right and sperm whales were the depth champs.

Now, as for how deep whale shit is, you're on your own.

Johnny L.A.
04-05-2003, 06:32 PM
Did anyone else, upon reading the title of this thread, think "Take it all, bitch!"?

Mangetout
04-05-2003, 07:34 PM
Interestingly, when people use the term 'hold their breath' when talking about whales, it doesn't mean the same thing as it would with humans. Whales exhale fully before diving to great depths.

Q.E.D.
04-05-2003, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Johnny L.A.
Did anyone else, upon reading the title of this thread, think "Take it all, bitch!"? No, just you, Johnny. :p

kniz
04-05-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by Mangetout
Interestingly, when people use the term 'hold their breath' when talking about whales, it doesn't mean the same thing as it would with humans. Whales exhale fully before diving to great depths.
This is why whales don't get the bends. (http://www.sciencenet.org.uk/database/Biology/0012/b00799d.html) However, scientists say that noise (http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s440411.htm) just might give both whales and dolphins the bends, cause beachings, etc. :(

Susanann
04-05-2003, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by Mangetout
Interestingly, when people use the term 'hold their breath' when talking about whales, it doesn't mean the same thing as it would with humans. Whales exhale fully before diving to great depths.

Thanks for that info. I will have to look into that. Interesting.

ResIpsaLoquitor
04-06-2003, 03:55 AM
Thanks for the input. My girlfriend just saw The Core (I didn't) and complained that whales were seen waaaaaaaaaaay further into the ocean than she expected. I don't know if anyone's numbers match what she saw, but this will at least help her sleep at night.

SenorBeef
04-06-2003, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by Mangetout
Interestingly, when people use the term 'hold their breath' when talking about whales, it doesn't mean the same thing as it would with humans. Whales exhale fully before diving to great depths.

Hmm. How do they store oxygen?

Phlosphr
04-06-2003, 10:01 AM
Senor - It's called the Mammalian Dive Reflex, all mammals have it including humans. [ever hear of a child being 'revived' after falling through the ice.?] Basically, when they dive, the blood centralizes in their heart and only feeds their brain. Minimal blood flow to the limbs. How do they swim then, you ask? it is a reflexive motion, up and down motion of their tail...


BTW - I worked at a large east coast aquarium though college, we worked with dolphins, beluga's seals, sea lions... Great experience, and some of the trivia just stays with ya...

Shade
04-06-2003, 11:24 AM
Originally posted by ResIpsaLoquitor
Thanks for the input. My girlfriend just saw The Core (I didn't) and complained that whales were seen waaaaaaaaaaay further into the ocean than she expected. I don't know if anyone's numbers match what she saw, but this will at least help her sleep at night.

Everything else in that film was wrong, I see no reason to assume they got the bit about whales right :D

Shade
04-06-2003, 11:26 AM
Originally posted by Johnny L.A.
Did anyone else, upon reading the title of this thread, think "Take it all, bitch!"?

Unfortunately, yes...

Q. Did you know a whale's penis is bigger than a man's?
A. Well, duh.
Q. No, bigger than a man _is_.

(Sorry, sorry. BTW I never checked to see if this is true.)

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
04-06-2003, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by Johnny L.A.
Did anyone else, upon reading the title of this thread, think "Take it all, bitch!"?

Yep---- it reads like a cross between thePlayboy Advisor and the Memoirs of Jacques Cousteau. :D

Polycarp
04-06-2003, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by Shade
Unfortunately, yes...

Q. Did you know a whale's penis is bigger than a man's?
A. Well, duh.
Q. No, bigger than a man _is_.

(Sorry, sorry. BTW I never checked to see if this is true.)

Typically a great-whale penis is on the order of six feet long, with a circumference in proportion, according to one of those Guinness ripoffs that were around 20 or so years ago. (I refuse to Google "whale penis" for a cite! ;))

Q.E.D.
04-06-2003, 11:50 AM
Well, someone has to:
1. Average erect penis length of an elephant, in feet: 5-6

2. Average erect penis length of a humpback whale, in feet: 10

3 Average erect penis length of a man, in inches: 6

4. Average erect penis length of a pig, in inches: 18-20From this page (http://www.wesleyan.edu/hermes/prev/dec97/HI.htm).

I don't know about you, but I sure feel inadequate right now. :eek:

everton
04-06-2003, 12:56 PM
They're prehensile too.
Originally posted by Phlosphr
beluga's seals...
Should've been Beluga whales; from the Russian for white apparently.

Another thing about whales' usage of oxygen is that they exchange gases more efficiently than we do (using more of the oxygen they breathe in with each breath and expelling more CO2. They also saturate their tissues with oxygen somewhat when they dive.

Terminus Est
04-06-2003, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by Polycarp
Typically a great-whale penis is on the order of six feet long, with a circumference in proportion, according to one of those Guinness ripoffs that were around 20 or so years ago. (I refuse to Google "whale penis" for a cite! ;))
It's twue! It's twue!

Polycarp
04-06-2003, 06:25 PM
Originally posted by Q.E.D.
Well, someone has to:
From this page (http://www.wesleyan.edu/hermes/prev/dec97/HI.htm).

I don't know about you, but I sure feel inadequate right now. :eek:

Well, QED, the next time your date calls you a "pig" after getting hot and heavy with you -- consider it a compliment! :)

handy
04-06-2003, 07:55 PM
"Q. Did you know a whale's penis is bigger than a man's?"

Even a barnacle's penis is bigger than a mans penis.

The_Peyote_Coyote
04-06-2003, 08:59 PM
Cite, handy?
:D

hightechburrito
04-06-2003, 11:44 PM
I don't know about total size, but I remember hearing on an Animal Planet type show that a barnacle has the largest genetalia in proportion to its body size.

Ike Witt
04-06-2003, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by Bryan Ekers
Now, as for how deep whale shit is, you're on your own.

Bryan, we are never on our own. The Master speaks. (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_003c.html). Unfortunately, he doesn't answer the question directly.

Marduk
04-06-2003, 11:59 PM
I could have sworn that the biggest genetalia in proportion to its body size was a certain octapus that lived in the Arctic...... but I may be wrong.

SandWriter
04-07-2003, 12:50 AM
I knew it, by the topic of the post, that this was about "The Core."

I agree with Shade, everything else is wrong in that movie, why worry about inconsistent animal behavior. The good news is that we now know what "unobtainium" looks like, and that it generates electricity to boot, And it's an ALLOY!

Okay, back to the dick jokes...

My dick is soooo big, it has it's own dick, and my dick's dick is bigger than your dick. (from Drew Carry's 101 big dick jokes)

moriah
04-07-2003, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by Terminus Est
It's twue! It's twue!

What a nice mawine mammal!

DreadCthulhu
04-07-2003, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by Marduk
I could have sworn that the biggest genetalia in proportion to its body size was a certain octapus that lived in the Arctic...... but I may be wrong.



Well, I don't live in the Artic waters, but.... :D