The Depth to which Whales Descend


WHEN a whale is attacked, it usually attempts to escape by ‘sounding’ or going vertically down; the rope it takes out on these occasions is a good measure of the depth it descends to, and the attacking boat, owing to the strain on the line, an indicator of its position under water.

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GRAY, R. The Depth to which Whales Descend. Nature 120, 263 (1927).

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