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Here are some things I learned from week 2:

-Albatrosses, petrels, and other Procellariiformes are characterized by tubular nostrils known as ‘tubenoses’

-The short-tailed albatross was a very abundant Pacific albatross in the 19th century and then was hunted to near extinction.

-Aspect ratio is the ratio of wing span to mean breadth.

-The second largest penguins are the brush-tailed penguins.

-The uropygial gland produces the oil that penguins use to waterproof their feathers.

-The Flatback sea turtle species is not globally distributed in tropical or temperate ocean regions.

Week 3:

-Manatees are a member of the Trichechidae taxonomic family.

-Otariid seals use forelimbs primarily for propulsion.

-To what group of baleen whales do humpback whales and blue whales belong? Balaenopteridae

-What is the key diagnostic feature used to differentiate a dolphin from a porpoise? The shape of their teeth.

-Viviparous reproduction in sharks means they sustain eggs with a placental link and give birth to live young.

-A cephalofoil is found on Hammerhead sharks.

Week 4 is hard, I have a paper to write and I still need two journal resources for it. The good news is I have an e-mail friend that is a North Atlantic Right whale researcher and my paper is about North Atlantic Right whales!

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