Do Whales and Dolphins have Hair? | WHALEZONE.TV S03 E05

Hi everyone, welcome to a new episode of WHALEZONE.TV, which is now available on our blog! In this episode, our Marine Biologist Vanessa explains about hair in whales and dolphins. Watch, learn and enjoy!


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Kennedy, Jennifer. “Where Whales Have Hair and How It’s Used.” ThoughtCo, Feb. 11, 2020,



1) Underwater film of Humpback whales hunting in shallow water in Norway – Source: Best Wildlife Stories

2) Humpback Whale Birth – Source: Maui Sea to Sky Tours & Activities

3) Hair and Hair Follicle – Source: Anatomy & Physiology Pro

4) Closest whale encounters – Source: Brett Vercoe

Vanessa Costa

About Vanessa Costa

Vanessa is Marine Biologist and Marine Wildlife Guide and is responsible for Environmental Conservation at TERRA AZUL. She enjoys being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying visitors and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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