By Michael Marshall. Zoologger is our weekly column highlighting extraordinary animals — and occasionally other organisms — from around the world. Behind them the sea ice is spreading as winter approaches, and the whales must find patches of open water. As they swim they often hold their vast mouths — the biggest in the animal kingdom — slightly open. It turns out that bowheads have an organ on the roofs of their mouths, bizarrely similar to a penis, which sheds body heat into the cold water. Bowhead whales are a superlative species.
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BBC - Earth - A whale with one-tonne testicles
According to a viral message, the typical blue whale produces more than gallons of sperm when it ejaculates, a factoid offered up to explain why the ocean is salty. In reality, even the largest whales only ejaculate up to a few gallons of semen at a time, and this ejaculate has nothing to do with the saltiness of the ocean. This whale sperm myth has been around since , circulating through a chain email that sometimes includes a picture of a sea creature with a large appendage. The saltiness of the ocean comes from the erosion of rock , a process that creates electrically charged particles known as ions. Runoff from rivers and streams carries these ions into the ocean, where they accumulate over time. The most common ions in the ocean are sodium and chloride, the components that make up salt. As for the viral message above, it's a two-part hoax.
10 Colossal Facts About Blue Whales
The blue whale has the largest penis in the animal kingdom. The reported average penis length varies but is usually mentioned to have an average length of 2. They are stated to be tough and fibrous more than in any other mammal. It is believed that it uses the elasticity of this tissue to get an erection and not from any blood flow, though this hypothesis has not been confirmed by any scientific study.
Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas. Ezekiel The blue whale was named by the great Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus in