How do seals use their whiskers?

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How do seals use their whiskers?
« on: 18/06/2008 12:32:17 »
Buster asked the Naked Scientists:

I recently read on the Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach California) website that a blind seal learned how to retrieve objects using her whiskers. My question is, how does the seal do this?

What do you think?


Offline Karen W.

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How do seals use their whiskers?
« Reply #1 on: 15/09/2008 09:15:12 »
I am not an expert but I would think that like a cat the whiskers help the seal to feel things around them. Perhaps a type of way for them to measure and estimate the object by feel against their whiskers....You know how a cat can judge the space around them to know weather they can enter the space by using their whiskers as a sensory...tool.
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How do seals use their whiskers?
« Reply #2 on: 15/09/2008 11:36:36 »
Yes, Karen that's right but these animals also use their whiskers
to sense unseen predators or dangers ahead of them.

More so for all types of seals. For sensing fish as well.
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