pectoral fin


Definition of pectoral fin

: either of the fins of a fish that correspond to the forelimbs of a quadruped

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Cownose rays have a unique feature: long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads. The Kansas City Zoo, kansascity, "New Stingray Bay Touch Tank Exhibit Now Open at KC Zoo (Sponsored)," 27 June 2018 These relationships are so tight, in fact, that the males spend a lot of time caressing each other with their pectoral fins. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why Male Dolphin Buddies 'Hold Hands'," 7 June 2018 Gallagher said the croc seemed relatively unphased by the interaction, crawling onto the pectoral fin between feeding bouts. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Sharks, crocodile spotted feasting on whale in 'rare' drone video," 26 Apr. 2018 Over and over again, the dolphin pushed a newborn calf, almost certainly her own, away from the observers' boat and against the current with her snout and pectoral fins. Barbara J. King, Scientific American, "Humans Are Not the Only Creatures Who Mourn," 23 May 2017 Size: 40 to 50 feet Defining trait: Long pectoral fins, acrobatic breaches Humpback whales have been a rare sight in Oregon and Washington, but in recent years the large cetaceans have been straying closer to Pacific Northwest shores., "13 whales you can see in the Pacific Northwest, and how to identify them," 21 Dec. 2017 Although sharks use their pectoral fins to swim and position themselves over prey, questions were gradually raised about the functions of the shoulder girdle. National Geographic, "These Sharks Feed in a Surprising Way," 18 July 2017 Instead, parts of the fish’s pectoral fins have separated through evolution. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Watch a Strange 'Walking Fish' That Has Experts Stumped," 2 June 2017 One youngster’s pectoral fin got stuck between a float and the steel rope at the top of the net. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian, "What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture?," 24 Mar. 2017

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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