What is it about?

When baleen is wet, it is much more flexible than previously thought--because people had been thinking of unnatural, air-dried baleen.

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Why is it important?

This study changes our view of what baleen is like, and thus what role it plays in whale feeding.


We have much more to learn about this unique tissue--lots of research yet to be done.

Dr. Alexander J. Werth
Hampden-Sydney College

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This page is a summary of: Hydration affects the physical and mechanical properties of baleen tissue, Royal Society Open Science, October 2016, Royal Society Publishing,
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160591.
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