Re: Whales and eyebrows

From: Erich Hoyt (
Date: Tue Jan 04 2000 - 14:06:06 EST


Although some species of whales have some hair, whales do not have eyebrows
in the way that humans do. However, northern and southern right whales have
white areas above their eyes which are sometimes called "eyebrows". They are
in fact callosities -- roughened patches of skin peculiar to right whales --
which appear in various spots around the head, one of which is just
above each eye. Thus it is only the positioning that causes them to be
called eyebrows.

Best wishes,

Erich Hoyt

>Subject: Whales and eyebrows
>Date: Tue, Jan 4, 2000, 7:36 AM

> Erich,
> I have been trying to find the answer to this question for some time
> without success. Searching the ASK Archives led me to some interesting
> information, but not quite the exact answer. My question is this. Do
> whales have eyebrows, and if so, what purpose do they serve? The several
> questions already answered about hair in the archive mentioned facial
> hair, but not eyebrows specifically.
> Thanks,
> Mark Van Waes

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