Why do whales take care of their babies? Print E-mail
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Mother humpback whales take care of their babies because the babies wouldn't survive without the help and protection of their mothers. When the whale is born the first thing the mother has to do is bring the baby whale to the surface so that it can take its first breath of fresh air. After that the mother might support the baby until it is strong enough to swim on its own. Pretty soon the baby whale is strong enough to try breaching and slapping its pectoral fins on the water. Baby whales feed on their mother's milk. From some of the footage I have of mothers and calves, I think the baby whales might live off their mother's milk for up to a year and a half.
 
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