Stretchy nerves are an essential component of the extreme feeding mechanism of rorqual whales

@article{Vogl2015StretchyNA,
  title={Stretchy nerves are an essential component of the extreme feeding mechanism of rorqual whales},
  author={A Wayne Vogl and Margo A Lillie and Marina A. Piscitelli and Jeremy A. Goldbogen and Nicholas D. Pyenson and Robert E. Shadwick},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={R360-R361}
}
Rorqual whales (Balaenopteridae) are among the largest vertebrates that have ever lived and include blue (Balaenoptera musculus) and fin (Balaenoptera physalus) whales. Rorquals differ from other baleen whales (Mysticeti) in possessing longitudinal furrows or grooves in the ventral skin that extend from the mouth to the umbilicus. This ventral grooved blubber directly relates to their intermittent lunge feeding strategy, which is unique among vertebrates and was potentially an evolutionary… Expand
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