Grapefruit-sized sensory organ found in whales

A sensory organ in rorqual whales has been discovered that coordinates their signature lunge-feeding behaviour and may help explain their enormous size.

Scanning of the whale’s chin revealed a grapefruit-sized sensory organ, located between the tips of the jaws, and supplied by neurovascular tissue.

In terms of evolution, the innovation of the sensory organ plays a fundamental role in one of the most extreme feeding methods of aquatic creatures.

Read more at University of British Columbia