GreenTracker| The Washington Post reports a 56 percent increase from 2007 to 2009 in observed cases of sunburn on whales by researchers at the Institute of Zoology in London. Because whales must come to the surface to breathe, to socialise and to feed their young, they have frequent exposure to the sun and to the Earth’s thinning ozone layer.
Previously, sunburn was considered only a human condition, continues the Daily Mail. But whales and dolphins have smooth, fur-free skin, unlike their furry seal relatives. Read on a very interesting article on sunburn in animals: Why whales get sunburn, but pigs and hippos don’t.