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:

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Hippos.

Esmeralda said...

Hioppos are too nice!!

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is really interesting!

Emmylou said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Always a connection somewhere in nature

Margaret D said...

Interesting is that, something I didn't know.

Christine said...

Fascinating fact!

DEZMOND said...

didn't know they were related, such fun!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cool info!

stephen Hayes said...

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.

Al Penwasser said...

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

Al Penwasser said...

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

Pilar Domínguez said...

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

Moscow Blogger said...

Wow! Really amazing!
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Mary Kirkland said...

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.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

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