Do Whales Mate for Life?


Quick Answer

Whales don't mate for life. Some species of whale mate with many different partners in a single year. This most often happens during mating season when many whales gather together to mate and bear offspring.

Continue Reading
Do Whales Mate for Life?
Credit: Mark Carwardine Photolibrary Getty Images

Full Answer

There are two suborders or whales. Baleen whales use a baleen found on the upper jaw to filter plankton, small fish and crustaceans. Toothed whales have teeth and eat fish squid, other whales and marine mammals. Whales are warm-blooded, and they feed their young milk. Underneath their skin they have a layer of blubber. The blubber keeps them warm and also stores energy. Whales use blowholes to breathe. Baleen whales have two blowholes and toothed whales have one.

Learn more about Marine Mammals
Related Videos

Related Questions