Up Yer Nose

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Baywing, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    For some of the Americans, you might remember that was the way one of the insults started in a TV show "Welcome Back Kotter". I hope my mother doesn't see this, she always told me it was impolite to look up someone's nose (or down your own!). With a humpback, being that the nostrils (called blowholes) are on the roof, so to speak, it's kinda hard not to look! Each opening is the size of a basketball, and they exhale at about 300 mph. Exhale takes about 1 sec, inhale about the same. They can and do alter the shape of the holes like we can change the shape of our lips and mouth and make a sound called a trumpet, which sounds like a cross between an elephant and a Bronx cheer. The area around the blowholes is squeezed up to form a ridge which helps deflect water away from the openings.
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Thanks Bay,

    That sure is a great shot.

    Really love the mamals of the sea.
  3. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Cool shot, Baywing! I've always found whales fascinating and appreciate your commentary with each shot you've posted.
  4. great shots, very unique, as Don said, find them very fascinating!
  5. Really interesting commentary to go with your excellent shot.
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