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In an effort to replicate how a whale might get oil on its baleen, the research team tried using paintbrushes to apply oil to the baleen. However, this approached matted down the fringe hairs too much. Note the shorter baleen plates compared to samples from other species of whales. (NOAA)

In an effort to replicate how a whale might get oil on its baleen, the research team tried using paintbrushes to apply oil to the baleen. However, this approached matted down the fringe hairs too much. Note the shorter baleen plates compared to samples from other species of whales. (NOAA)

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