By Nicole Horn, Biodiversity Capabilities
It’s Movember, and to raise awareness about men’s health, here are some examples of possible looks inspired by marine species with ‘moustaches’. To show your support, grow your moustache and don’t shave it for the rest of the month! Here are some animals that are following suit.
All mammals besides humans and certain primates have whiskers at some stage of their life. However, some animals rely on their whiskers a lot more than others. These include rodent species, insectivores like shrews and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses). The whiskers of seals and sealions are very sensitive to water flow and touch and help them differentiate between different shapes and sizes. This helps them to detect vibrations caused by water trails left by prey which is very useful while hunting in the dark or in murky waters.
Whiskers also help marine mammals like manatees work out how to move their mouths and lips while locating, figuring out texture and consuming food. Some mammals will shed their whiskers every year whereas others will shed and replace them over a long period.
Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus)