Do whales have flippers or tails?

Answer Whales have two flippers they use for steering and turning themselves through the ocean. The whale's tail is used to climb up or down in the water. Some whales will also splash the water as a means... Read More »

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Do I need flippers for snorkeling?

You do not need flippers to go snorkeling, especially if you are an exceptionally strong swimmer. However using flippers designed for snorkeling does make it easier, not only to swim around, but al... Read More »

Animals With Flippers?

Flippers are an evolutionary adaptation that allow aquatic and semi-aquatic animals to swim long distances while using less energy. Flippers can be likened to the oars in a boat. You use the flat s... Read More »

Why do we swim faster with flippers?

Flippers are rubber or plastic fins that attach to your feet to increase speed and maneuverability when swimming. Fins are common both in pool swimming and, especially, in snorkeling and other form... Read More »

Why do whales breach?

One of the most breathtaking things to watch is a whale "breaching," or leaping into the air. This is also known as "surfacing behavior." Not all whales breach. One species noted for spectacular di... Read More »