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Barnacles track whale migration

Chemical composition of hitchhikers’ shells might reveal ancient baleen travel routes

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12:01pm, September 27, 2016
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BARNACLE BIOGRAPHY  The barnacles that latch on to baleen whales, such as this humpback, may offer a record of their hosts’ movements, even millions of years later, new research suggests.

DENVER — Barnacles can tell a whale of a tale. Chemical clues inside barnacles that hitched rides on baleen whales millions of years ago could divulge ancient whale migration routes, new research suggests.

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