Photographer's Note

Those distinctive bumps covering the heads of humpback whales are actually oversized hair follicles. About the size of your fist, these 'tubercles' form a kind of ringed fortress, protecting the hair inside. Within each tubercle is a bundle of thick nerve cells connected to the hair, which sticks out a few centimeters from the middle of the mound like a lonely flag. So what do humpbacks and other whales use their highly enervated and sensitive facial whiskers for? It's one of the best-kept secrets in the scientific world. And the secret is this: scientists don't really have a clue.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Robert DeMay (BOBDEMAY) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 20] (42)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-09-01
  • Camera: Nikon D100
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-04-07 3:51
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