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01-13-2000, 09:55 AM
Dolphin's are mammals. So do they have nipples? If they do, do the males have superflous nipples like the males of other mammals?

01-13-2000, 10:15 AM
IIRC, dolphins and other cetaceans squirt their milk into the water and their baby drinks it before it disperses. The milk comes out of a modified sweat gland, just like the breasts of land mammals. But they don't have nipples, as baby cetaceans don't have pursable lips to attach themselves to one.

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01-13-2000, 10:22 AM
Cool! Thanks for the info.

01-13-2000, 11:21 PM
WIGGUM,dolphins have nipples concealed (like the genitals) behind slits in the skin. The baby dolphin nurses by putting his beak in the slit and grasping a nippled. The mother then contracts special muscles that squirt milk into the baby's mouth (suckling underwater must be impossible). Each nursing episode lasts for 5 - 10 seconds, and occur 3 - 8 times per hour all day and night.


Dolphin Reproduction www.bio.metu.edu.tr/%7Ee072181/g_repro.html (http://www.bio.metu.edu.tr/%7Ee072181/g_repro.html)

Reproductive Organs www.bio.metu.edu.tr/%7Ee072181/a_repro.html (http://www.bio.metu.edu.tr/%7Ee072181/a_repro.html)

Birth, Nursing, etc. www.seaworld.org/bottlenose_dolphin/birthdol.html (http://www.seaworld.org/bottlenose_dolphin/birthdol.html)

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