Belly buttons

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Thu Sep 05 2002 - 07:57:11 EDT

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    > Do whales have belly buttons?I need this for school.

    Yep, they do. The technical term for the belly button is the
    "umbilicus", and as you probably know it's what's left over after you're
    born when the umbilical cord is cut. Whales, being mammals, have the
    same system: during pregnancy, the fetus is connected to its mom via the
    umbilical cord, which allows the transfer of nutrients and stuff to the
    developing baby.

    A whale's belly button is of course a lot bigger than yours, but it
    doesn't usually accumulate lint...

    Good luck with your school work!

    Phil Clapham
    Ashley Kmon


    Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.

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