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Why is this Dolphin's Fin on Backwards!?

Why is this Dolphin's Fin on Backwards!? | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Why the wacky fins?
It likely has something to do with their breeding system - otherwise it wouldn't persist as a character in just the males.
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Backwards Dolphin's Fin at Okie Whaler

Backwards Dolphin's Fin at Okie Whaler | #SciFund | Scoop.it

Why is the Dolphin's fin on backwards? Does the backward fin help males move faster than expected (possibly in order to defend more females or bully or out-maneuver other males), or does it slow them down significantly or make them less agile than expected (leading me to suspect that the fins are a handicap, and females have the final say in mating).

 

This line of research involves making physical models of the fins and doing experiments in a flow tank - sort of like a wind tunnel, but with water. In order to make the models, we have to get very accurate images of the fins with a medical CT scanner. Unfortunately, time on a medical CT scanners is expensive! This is where you come in! Your contribution will help me purchase the time I need to complete the scanning. From there - its a piece of cake!

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To Study Backward-Finned Dolphin, Researcher Sources Crowds for Cash

To Study Backward-Finned Dolphin, Researcher Sources Crowds for Cash | #SciFund | Scoop.it
One researcher's quest to understand some funky fins taps a new crowdsourcing model to funding his project (Backwards-finned dolphins?
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