Saturday August 19, 2017

Can whales smell through their blowholes? Quirks Question

A humpback whale breaching, and another in the foreground coming up for air.

A humpback whale breaching, and another in the foreground coming up for air. (Submitted by Michael Winsor Photography)

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This week's Quirks Question comes to us from Chris Spanis in Kamloops, BC, who asks: 

"Do whales have an olfactory system? Can they smell odours with their blowhole?"

To answer this question, we reached Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Director at the Center for Whale Research

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