Have you ever wondered why camels have humps on their back? Often times it’s assumed and widely believed that a camel has a hump on its back because it’s carrying extra water. While this notion makes sense to most because they are walking around in the desert all day, the reality is that hump that you see on a camels back is actually fat storage.
A typical camel can carry up to 80 pounds worth of fat on its back at a time. The hump is actually storing emergency food so that when a camel is wondering around in the desert it won’t starve to death. Even more interesting is that when a camel has to use the emergency fat storage it shrinks and falls to one side, almost as if it has been deflated. Once a camel has had a good night’s rest and found proper nutrition, the hump will restore itself back to the appropriate position.