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   CaliforniaMama  Friday Sep 21 11:12 AM

September 21, 2012 - Sleeping Giants

This pod of sleeping sperm whales were sleeping so deeply they did not notice a research vessel until it bumped into them. The whale noses sticking out of the water alerted the researchers to their presence.

It appears that the sperm whales go into a full sleep for short periods of time several times a day. It is suspected they also have shorter periods of sleep throughout the day. (Whale naps and cat naps?)

they sleep very little: just 7% of the time. That contrasts sharply with smaller beluga and grey whales, which sleep for 32% and 41% of the time, respectively. Such a meagre amount of sleep designates the sperm whales as the least sleep-dependent mammals known. (The current record-holder is the giraffe, which sleeps for 8% of the time.)
The research team was from the University of St Andrew’s, UK, and they found the sleeping whales in Chile.

Go to Nature for more info and a video.

glatt  Friday Sep 21 11:18 AM

That's cool! I had no idea they slept like that. It never occurred to me at all how they would sleep. I wonder if they wake up to breathe or if it's like sleep walking.

Sheldonrs  Friday Sep 21 01:41 PM

I wonder if they snore and/or dream.

jimhelm  Friday Sep 21 02:13 PM

no snoring. definitely dreaming

monster  Friday Sep 21 08:58 PM

Wet dreams.

Griff  Friday Sep 21 09:49 PM


richlevy  Friday Sep 21 10:08 PM

Originally Posted by monster View Post
Wet dreams.
And here I thought we were going to stay away from ocean puns.

You did that on porpoise. I was going to fish you out but instead I'm just going to let you flounder.

SPUCK  Saturday Sep 22 06:31 AM

So... How do you do Whale Tipping?

Sheldonrs  Monday Sep 24 09:03 PM

Originally Posted by Griff View Post

Sheldonrs  Tuesday Sep 25 11:35 AM

Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
So... How do you do Whale Tipping?
Usually 20% unless the service was really slow.

Lamplighter  Tuesday Sep 25 01:50 PM

ZenGum  Tuesday Sep 25 06:45 PM

So, sperm whales have wet dreams and wet dreams have sperm wails.

Ain't nature wonderful?

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