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Re: How big is a Blue Whale's liver?

Date: Fri Mar 10 08:10:02 2000
Posted By: June M. Wingert , RM(NRM), Research Associate, Comparative Pathology Department, Baylor College of Medicine
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 950933049.Zo

Hi John,
This sure was a difficult answer to find, but thanks to 
Pamala Wilson ,Internet Coordinator SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database Animal Questions? Call 1-800-23SHAMU.

According to Nishiwaki (1950) Scient.Reps Whales Res. Inst. (Tokyo) 
4:185-209.  The Appx contains organ weights for blue whales. The liver 
weights vary from 560 to 1,347 kg in animals of lengths ranging from 73-89 
feet or weights of 55 to 127.5 metric tons.

For more information on the blue whale go to the following sites.

  Blue Whale: Largest Animal Ever 

  Discovering Whales - The Blue Whale

Thanks for taking the time to send in a question to the Mad Scientist 

June Wingert
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Comparative Medicine
Houston, Texas


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