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Why do beluga whales have love handles?

Why do beluga whales have love handles Deep Sea News


Unlike many dolphins and whales, belugas lack a dorsal fin. Maybe it’s too cold to have blood running through such a thin exposed surface, or maybe it’s too dangerous to swim under ice with a dorsal fin. Whatever the reason, belugas are apparently making up for this absence with fat. Getting ready for a risky maneuver? Time to pooch the paunch. In the ever changing ice flows these whales call home, the extra stability these love handles provide may mean the difference between a clean getaway and a collision with an iceberg. 

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I never thought of the extra stability or lack of dorsal fin.

I always figured it was extra insulation. 

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