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Title
Stretchy nerves are an essential component of the extreme feeding mechanism of rorqual whales
Published in
Current Biology, May 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2015.03.007
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Authors

Vogl, A Wayne, Lillie, Margo A, Piscitelli, Marina A, Goldbogen, Jeremy A, Pyenson, Nicholas D, Shadwick, Robert E, A. Wayne Vogl, Margo A. Lillie, Marina A. Piscitelli, Jeremy A. Goldbogen, Nicholas D. Pyenson, Robert E. Shadwick

Abstract

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 innovation that led to gigantism in this lineage [1]. This strategy involves the rorqual whale rapidly engulfing a huge volume of prey-laden water and then concentrating the prey by more slowly expelling the water through baleen plates (Figure 1A). The volume of water engulfed during a lunge can exceed the volume of the whale itself [2]. During engulfment, the whale accelerates, opens its jaw until it is almost perpendicular to the rostrum, and then the highly compliant floor of the oral cavity is inflated by the incoming water [3]. The floor of the oral cavity expands by inversion of the tongue and ballooning of the adjacent floor of the mouth into the cavum ventrale, an immense fascial pocket between the body wall and overlying blubber layer that reaches as far back as the umbilicus. The ventral grooved blubber in fin whales expands by an estimated 162% in the circumferential direction and 38% longitudinally [4]. In fin whales, multiple lunges can occur during a single dive, and the average time between lunges is just over forty seconds [3]. Here, we show that nerves in the floor of the oral cavity of fin whales are highly extensible.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Argentina 2 5%
Iceland 1 2%
Peru 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 38 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 33%
Student > Master 8 19%
Researcher 8 19%
Student > Bachelor 5 12%
Professor 2 5%
Other 6 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 28 65%
Environmental Science 4 9%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 7%
Unspecified 2 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 5%
Other 4 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 269. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 April 2018.
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#13
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