Stanford Scientists Capture 'Unexpected Flipper Flapping' in Humpback Whales

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Published: July 14, 2017

Scientists at the Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station released video on July 10 showing a humpback whale flapping its flipper, a previously unobserved behavior. “By understanding how the body flexes, and how the flippers and flukes [tail] are used to maneuver, we will have a better understanding of the mechanisms used by the largest animals to attain high-performance locomotion,” Jeremy Goldbogen, an assistant professor of biology at Stanford, said. “Therefore, our research has implications for the biomimetic design applications from enhanced performance of animals to mechanized submersibles.” Credit: Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service via Storyful

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