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PAGE TEN THE CATALINA A treat everybody enjoys. It's good for young and old. Gift/ A CONSULTATION with us will reveal that we can serve you far. more satisfact- orily and economically, because- we can fig,rare lower on high class work. "& Perfect Ser~ce" F, arl W. I;orson Plumbing, Tinning !17 WHITTLEY Phone 124 Positively Prevented Creates Golden Tan or keel~ Skin White InJta~tly Relie:'es Sunburn EZY 2 TAN 50c Tube Catalina will give you the rest ot your life. Come to Catalina. Subscribe now--$2 per year. WHALES SLEEP UNDER WATER DON'T BREATHE WHILE ASLEEP (Science ~t.'l'ViCc Corrcsl~ondcncc \Vhcrc and whcu do whales sleep? This qucslion is asked and partly an- sxvercd by R~,hert XV. (hay ,,f Ex- mouth, I'7, a report to th.c scientific journal, Nature. Mr. Gray is 1he son of an old whaling captain. aml has had many ,qqo~,rlnnities for first-hand obsel'\ations on xoyages in lllt' northcrtl seas. \\/hales arc warm-blo~,dcd creatures related Io the ful'-bcarin~ :millml~: that lixc ,11l land rather than t~'ihe 6n!tc, ,,f their natural habitat; it is "/ssumcd. therefore, that they require slcctl in nltlch t]lc s;MIIe Hlallner ;is land-living mammals. Once in a while they have bcel~ caught aslcell at the surface by whalers--usually with fatal results to the whale. A whale suddculy aroused by being harpooned thrashes about for a few moments instead of diving at ,mcc, as whales do upon b,cin~ har- pooned v, hile they arc awake. For this reason, ohl-time whalers used tt~ arouse sleeping whales hy rapping sharply on their boats before castim: thclr harpoons, because lh,c slartlcd lloundcring ,,f tile monsters might stnash or swanw llLcir craft. But whales forum sleeping at the surface are a comparative rarity, and Mr. (;rat" agrees wh!l .Iher whalers in believing that tlu:y reqtrire nlore sleep than they have been observed to take. He is of the opinion that they can sleep under ~,~.atcl', aud quotes stateutents to the effect lhal they ntay sleep under ice fiehts. But sleeping under wat,',', fia" an air-breathing manunal, has its diffi- cuhies. Mr. Gray inclines to the opin- ion that a sl.eeping whale, whether at tile surface or sub nerged, does not breathe at all, bnt cl,st's its blow-hole tightly to exclude water and shnnbers while literally holding its breath. Fie calls att