Lactation in Whales and Dolphins: Evidence of Divergence Between Baleen- and Toothed-Species

@article{Oftedal2004LactationIW,
  title={Lactation in Whales and Dolphins: Evidence of Divergence Between Baleen- and Toothed-Species},
  author={Olav T. Oftedal},
  journal={Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={205-230}
}
  • O. Oftedal
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
Although it has been more than one hundred years since the first publication on the milks of whales and dolphins (Order Cetacea), information on lactation in these species is scattered and fragmentary. Yet the immense size of some cetaceans, and the recent evidence that another group of marine mammals, the true seals, have remarkable rates of secretion of milk fat and energy, make this group of great comparative interest. In this paper information on lactation patterns, milk composition and… 

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The low K:Na ratio of seal and whale milks and the low Ca:casein and inverse Ca:P ratios in seal milks are unusual and warrant further study.
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