Scientists find whales’ mouths have nerves that can double in length

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Newly discovered nerves in the mouths of massive whales can unfold, nearly doubling in length, and recoil like a bungee cord. These stretchy nerves could explain how the whales are able to eat by ballooning their mouths during dives.

Researchers discovered the surprisingly elastic nerves after collecting samples from a commercial whaling station in Iceland.

 

 

“This discovery was totally unexpected and unlike other nerve structures we’ve seen in vertebrates, which are of a more fixed length,” said Wayne Vogl, a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Read more…

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