Husband and I were discussing my previous post tonight. And somewhere in the conversation focusing mainly around my turning over hourly and being the human embodiment of Free Willy it occurred to me: How do whales have sex? How do whales nurse babies?
I scrolled through all the mental pictures I could recall of whales and couldn’t remember, well… the necessary equipment for such activities. This lack of recall even made me question something I knew to be certain–that whales are mammals. I went back to third grade and went… Ok, mammal criteria: They have live birth, they produce milk to nurse their young, they have hair. All those are checks, right? The birth seemed legit. When babies get born at Sea World and such there is a big fuss about it. But, I’ve never seen a whale nipple, so how could they nurse? I remembered that they had fine little hairs that counted for the third, but going back to the first–I had an idea of how whale babies got OUT of whale Mommies, but no clue how they got IN there.
And now, another night of blessed, tortuous sleep may commence.