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.
-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!