10 Facts about Blubber

Friday, July 24th 2015. | Animals

The thick layer that you can find under the skin of sirenians, pinnipeds, and cetaceans are explained in Facts about Blubber. This blubber can be found all over the body of those animals. However, blubber is not found on the appendages. Blubber is described as collagen fiber and lipid rich layer. Here are other facts about blubber below:

Facts about Blubber 1: the marine mammals

Some marine mammals have blubbers. More than 50 percent of the marine mammal’s body mass is occupied by blubber. Check beluga whales facts here.

Facts about Blubber 2: the thickness

Let’s find out the thickness of blubber in animals. It varies depending on the animals. In the smaller whales, the blubber can reach the thickness at 30 cm or 12 inches.  The dolphins have the thickness at 5 cm or 2 inches.

Facts about Blubber

Facts about Blubber

Facts about Blubber 3: the whales

The big whales usually have thicker blubber. It can be seen in bowhead whales. Some people believe that the heat is affected by the thickness of the blubber. It is not true. The ability of the whales to retain the heat is not affected by the blubber. Get facts about baleen whales here.

Facts about Blubber 4: the heat

The ability to retain the heat is affected by the lipid and water concentration in the blubber. The lipid can increase the heat retaining ability, while the water concentration is used to reduce the heat retaining ability.

Blubber Pic

Blubber Pic

Facts about Blubber 5: the function

Can you tell me the function of blubber?  Some mammals use blubber to store fat.  It can be found in most animals which breed and feed in ocean.

Facts about Blubber 6: the buoyancy

The buoyancy is added when the marine mammals save the energy on the blubber.

Blubber facts

Blubber facts

Facts about Blubber 7: the blood vessels

The blubber can be found in the blood vessels.  It is very different from adipose tissue. The blubber is more effective than fur. It enables the whales to dive with the temperature at 4 degree C or 40 degree F.

Facts about Blubber 8: the cold water

When the marine animals dive in very cold water, the blood flow will be decreased since the blood vessels which cover blubber constrict.



Facts about Blubber 9: the blubber in seal

There are a lot of nutrients in the blubber of seals such as selenium, antioxidant and vitamin E. There is no need to wonder that the Inuit people use it as a part of their traditional diet.

Facts about Blubber 10: the oil of blubber

The oil of blubber is used to create various products such as cosmetics, leather and soap.

Blubber Fat

Blubber Fat

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