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James, in a typical conversation that began with "Smell my finger!" and ended with "Pardon me while I kiss the sky!" posed the following intriguing question, which answer I do not know.

Do whales have mucus in their blowholes? (Translated from the original James.) And I'd add, do they sneeze? Do they get stuffed up? Is the cloud of spray from a whale spouting in part whalesnot? I sort of suspect that the sheer power of the ejecting air would render any stuffiness moot, but now I'm curious...

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Re: Whale sneezes and hippo conundrums

And hyraxes, also an "early common prototype" creature in this lineage. The hyrax is a sort of hooved ruminant -- but with a tiny hoof on each toe, rather like a human fingernail I'm told.

"I hate the heinous hyrax," she said...

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