New Research from CSUCI on Why Whales Breach


California State University Channel Islands Student Whale Breach Research

A recent study conducted at the CSUCI was published and sheds light on why young humpback whales breach. The study discusses how young whales breach to increase the blood  oxygen  levels via myoglobin which is created by the muscle contractions  when whales surge out of the water with high energy.  The increase of myoglobin then provides the oxygen needed for long dives. It is exciting to learn about the great student  research  being done at Cal. State University Channel Islands and how this research helps us deeper understand whale behaviors as a function of survival.


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