|Where does whales had/have their mammary gland?|
|Question Date: 2017-01-26|
Even though whales live underwater, they still
manage to breastfeed. They’ve evolved things
called “mammary slits”, which are special skin
folds on the bottom of their abdomen, about 3/4 of
the way to towards their tale. Scientists
still aren’t sure exactly how the whales deliver
the milk to the baby. The blue whale has the
largest mammory glands on Earth- each one is about
1.5 meters long!!
Whales and dolphins have mammary slits,
which are special folds of the skin that surround
the mammary glands to protect them. The mammary
slits are on the belly-side of the whale near the
Whales have mammary glands in the same place as
any other mammal, on the chest and stomach. I
don't know how many nipples whales have, as the
number is different in one kind of mammal from
another (humans have two, bears have six, dogs I
think have eight, and so on).
Whales have mammary glands on their bellies
(like other mammals) but they're towards the back
of the animal near to the tail. However you
can't really see them because they're hidden in
mammary slits, and scientists still aren't
sure exactly how baby whales feed from them.
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