Do Whales Drink Salt Water ?

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Do Whales Drink Salt Water ?
« on: 03/08/2009 13:16:06 »
As a sheepy I of course luff salt water. Salt water is my all time favourite version of brine. I luff my tins of Tuna with brine !

Check out Cecilia Pinklethorn Plankton the 3rd.

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Cecilia Swallowing Earlier Today

She's a fine looking whale..a very hungry whale and she is seen here enjoying a few million krill !
No doubt Cecilia also then ingests a lot of salt water yes ?

I thought drinking salt water is well bad for ewe !...so.. is Cecilia's metabolism capable of dealing with salt water or does she have a way of filtering all the water out ? ....if so...where does she get her drinkypoos from ?




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« Reply #1 on: 03/08/2009 13:26:44 »
It's funny you asked this question. My sister is a marine biologist and when I visited her over the holidays (I live in Australia, she lives in Michigan), I asked her the same question. My background is in molecular biology so I assumed they had some sort of cellular mechanism to deal with increased salt intake but apparently they get most of their fresh H20 by the organisms they eat. The H20 inside these organisms is still salty, but not as bad as drinking pure ocean water. However, they still ingest some sea water. This was compensated via evolution by developing some really efficient kidneys which remove salt from the blood and excrete it in urine.
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« Reply #2 on: 03/08/2009 15:49:51 »
It's funny you asked this question. My sister is a marine biologist and when I visited her over the holidays (I live in Australia, she lives in Michigan), I asked her the same question. My background is in molecular biology so I assumed they had some sort of cellular mechanism to deal with increased salt intake but apparently they get most of their fresh H20 by the organisms they eat. The H20 inside these organisms is still salty, but not as bad as drinking pure ocean water. However, they still ingest some sea water. This was compensated via evolution by developing some really efficient kidneys which remove salt from the blood and excrete it in urine.

THANK EWE Chelsie !!

YAYYYYY !!..that's fantastic !...so, if a whale don't eat..it don't drink too !

That's very interesting about the kidneys...great information..Thank ewe again !
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« Reply #3 on: 04/08/2009 13:16:19 »
...apparently they get most of their fresh H20 by the organisms they eat...

Nice to know. Thanks