September 22, 2022

Why whales don't get brain damage when they swim

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September 22, 2022

by University of British Columbia

Special blood vessels in whale brains may protect them from pulses, caused by swimming, in their blood that would damage the brain, new UBC research has suggested.

There are many theories as to the exact use of these networks of blood vessels cradling a whale's brain and spine, known as 'retia mirabilia', or 'wonderful net', but now UBC zoologists believe they've solved the mystery, with computer modeling backing their predictions.

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