The gestation period for a whale is about 17 months. When the baby whale (calf) is born, it comes out head or tail first. The whale is a mammal, not a fish. Being a mammal means that the calf is born live not hatched out of an egg. The calf is born in the water.
The calf is born anytime in the year. The most common breeding time is in the spring. A whale has a baby every five years. The calf weighs 300-400 pounds, and is about 8 feet long. The light areas of the whale are creamy white to lemon yellow. The spots will turn pure white by the age of one. A calf may nurse for up to 12 months.
The male whale meets maturity at the age of 10-13 years and is normally 8-20 feet l9 long when it reaches this point. The female on the other hand reaches maturity when it is 15-16 feet long. The female is usually at the age of 6-10 years when it reaches maturity.
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