Do whales have hair? I say all mammals have hair. My teacher says he doesn't
know. Can you help me out. Thank you
Yes, whales have hair and yes all mammals have hair. The hair found on
whales (and small whales like dolphins) is most apparent when they are born.
The hair is located on the body similarly to whiskers on a dog or cat or
facial hair in humans. Each hair is very course it is believed to have a
sensory function, also like whiskers.
Along with mammals having hair, they also must breathe air. Humans are
involuntary breathers but whales are voluntary breathers, they must think
about every breath. They give birth to live young and suckle their young.
They are also warm blooded, in fact their blood temperature is only a couple
of degrees different than ours.
I hope this information is helpful.
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