View of the Klamath River looking downstream where the Klamath River RV Park is on the left, a place Mama called home for a month. She can still be seen from the RV Park, to the campers’ delight. There is a nominal day fee charged for those who just want to sit and watch Mama spouting. They also have tent camping right on the river. 707 482-2091.
Today was rather uneventful. Mama was not moving too fast today, unlike yesterday. Maybe she was tired from the show she put on for everyone with her rolling and spouting yesterday. The crowds were still there. The Highway Patrol reported a boat getting too close to the whale. Anyone can help by calling the Hotline at NOAA. 800 853-1964 if you see any form of harassment while viewing Mama. Remember, there is a 100 yard distance regulation from marine mammals. This applies to everyone, including kayakers and tour boats.
Following excerpt from: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/anatomy/Blowhole.shtml
|Whales are mammals who breathe air into their lungs. Blowholes are a whale’s nostrils and are located on the top or back of the whale’s head. Blowholes are covered by muscular flaps that keep water from entering them when the whale is under water. In the relaxed state, the flap covers the blowhole. A blowhole leads to the whale’s trachea and then to its lungs. Unlike us, whales cannot breathe through their mouth; they only breathe throught their blowholes.||
Baleen whales (like humpbacks, blue whales, gray whales, bowhead whales, etc.) have two blowholes, located side by side. Toothed whales (like sperm whales, beluga whales, dolphins, etc.) have one blowhole.
“At the surface of the water, whales open their blowhole(s) and exhale air explosively through their blowhole. This exhaled air from the blowhole is called the blow and usually forms a gusher or a bushy stream of misty air and vapor. This is immediately followed by inhalation of fresh air, and the blowhole(s) close again. (Blowholes are in a closed position when the whale relaxes.) This breathing pattern takes only a fraction of a second for small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises), but it may take a few seconds for larger whales.
Just before a whale dives underwater, strong muscles surrounding the blowhole relax and the protective flap covers the blowhole.
Whales cannot breathe through through their mouths (like people can). Their trachea (the tube to the lungs) and esophagus (the tube to the stomach) are not connected.”
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