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morphology of a dolphinclick to hear

morphology of a dolphin blowhole dorsal fin tail caudal fin pectoral fin eye mouth

blowhole click to hear

Opening in the nasal cavity located on the top of the head allowing respiration.

dorsal fin click to hear

Swimming appendage made of dense fibrous tissue located in the middle of the back and providing stability and thermoregulation; some marine mammals do not have a dorsal fin.

tail click to hear

Terminal part of the body whose vertical movements propel the dolphin; the tail is controlled by powerful muscles inserted in the vertebral column.

caudal fin click to hear

Powerful swimming appendage with two lobes formed of dense fibrous tissue located vertically at the posterior terminal part of the body; its function is propulsion.

pectoral fin click to hear

Swimming appendage made of bone that ensures stability, orientation, stopping and thermoregulation.

eye click to hear

Organ of sight located on the side of the head adapted equally well to seeing in or out of water.

mouth click to hear

Anterior cavity of the digestive tract formed by the maxilla and the mandible allowing ingestion of food.