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Re: [AAT] Sneezing river dolphins

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  • Marc Verhaegen
    ... word) after the sound it makes - a sneeze-like breathing sound. The Indus River dolphin is functionally blind having evolved without a crystalline lens
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2005
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      >From Panda.org site DD Indus River Dolphin: Special Biological
      >Features The Blind Dolphin © WWF / Canon Did you know? People who
      >live by the Indus River call the dolphin "susu" (an Urdu
      word) after the sound it makes - a sneeze-like breathing sound. The Indus
      River dolphin is functionally blind having evolved without a crystalline
      lens or well-developed light-sensitive organ. [parietal gland?]

      Pineal?

      >A deep fold just above the dolphin's mouth is the remnant of what might
      >once have been eyes down the evolution line. However, this is not a
      >disadvantage but an adaptation to living in the silt-laden turbid waters of
      >the Indus where eyes are virtually useless, as very little light penetrates
      >below the surface of the murky water.

      --Marc
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