When it comes to skincare, any dermatologist will agree that exfoliation is one of the most important rituals There are lots of tools, brushes and scrubs to help humans with this process. And they usually cost a lot of money. However, it seems that bowhead whales also like to take care of their skin, but have found a way to do it for free. Their beauty routine was discovered by a team of scientists from the University of British Columbia.
They decided to send some drones over Cumberland Sound in Canada and filmed this unusual ritual. Then, they transformed their findings into a study published by PLoS One. Now, in the word, there are about 10,000 bowhead whales. They are actually the marine animals with the longest lifespan in the world, being able to live to about 200 years. An adults whale can be as long as 65 feet and can weigh over 75 tons. Usually, they can be found in the Arctic.
Bowhead whales and their skincare routine
When researcher Sarah Fortune discovered some unusual marks on the whales’ skin, she wanted to find their source. She suspected that they were indulging in the same ritual as belugas and killer whales. And indeed, after studying over 80 such whales, she found those marks on about half of them. It all became clear. Bowhead whales have some kind of spa where they exfoliate their skin using rocks.
It’s also interesting that they are doing this not for cosmetic reasons, but to get rid of parasites and buildups on their skin. Also, they get rid of the skin that has suffered damage from sunlight exposure.
When whales move towards warmer waters it’s possible that this ritual also happens. At the moment, experts are not sure whether or not this ritual only happens during summer time.
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