Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fact of the Day: Whale Cousin

Whales were descended from animals who originally lived on land. The closest related land-animal to whales (and dolphins) is the hippopotamus. They shared a common ancestor about 60 million years ago. Hippos are semi-aquatic, and like whales they can nurse their young underwater. 

17 comments:

  1. That's interesting! I think we are all connected in some way or another though!

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  2. I love big hippos and I cannot lie....:D

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  3. Always a connection somewhere in nature

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  4. Interesting is that, something I didn't know.

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  5. didn't know they were related, such fun!

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  6. Whales originally lived in the ocean, came and lived on land, and then returned to the sea. We've finally found fossils of whales with legs.

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    1. Whales with legs?
      Wouldn't that be Michael Moore?
      Oh, my, now was THAT really necessary, Al?

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  7. And, unlike whales, they can jump out of the water and seriously eff you up.

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  8. mmm...they don´t look like very much but that is a question of evolution I guess. Kisses:)

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  9. Wow! Really amazing!
    http://afinaskaterblogspotcom.blogspot.ru/2014/12/blog-post_10.html

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  10. I've heard that unlike dolphins who can be really inquisitive and friendly that hippos are mean and kill a lot of people each year.

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  11. Have you ever heard the song - "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas"?

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