Anatomy

Whales Fins and Flukes

The whale’s body is, in relation to so many other mammals, bulky, weighty and, usually, quite enormous. Still, whales are able to glide through the ocean’s waters gracefully and with ease. This...

Whales Blubber

Whales, like all cetaceans, have a thick layer of blubber right beneath their hardy skin. This blubber is vascularised adipose tissue, comprises the hypodermis and covers the entire body with the...

Whales Blowholes

The blowhole is to the whale what nostrils are to a human being. It is an integral part of the way that whales breathe. The blowhole is situated on top of...

Baleen Plates

he baleen plate is a strainer that enables maximum feeding capacity, which is essential for such huge animals that require so much food to satisfy their energy needs. Baleen is a...

Extremes of the Whale Order

Whales are fascinating in so many ways, and continue to intrigue scientists and delight onlookers. They are most commonly known for their size, which can reach mammoth proportions. Within the whale...

An Introduction to Whale Anatomy

The Bible book of Genesis refers to “monsters of the sea” and it is widely believed that these ancient monsters included (if not referred solely) to whales. These mammoth beasts are...
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