On which side of the body may we see the navel?
The navel is on the ventral (front) side of the body. This is also called the anterior side of the body.
The navel is located on the ventral (front) side of the body. The word ventral comes from the word “venter,” meaning the belly or abdomen.
Here is how dictionary.com defines ventral:
[ven-truh l] adjective
- of or relating to the venter or belly; abdominal.
- Anatomy, Zoology.
situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; equivalent to the front, or anterior, in humans.
Here’s an image showing the directional references of the body
- The opposite of anterior (front) is posterior (behind).
- Ventral is the opposite of dorsal (the back).
This is called the dorsal fin because it’s on the shark’s back