June 14, 2013
Diver Down

A group of scientists are claiming to have finally figured out how marine mammals hold their breath for such incredibly long times. It seems the culprit is a special sort of oxygen-storing protein that in the rest of the mammal word gets too "sticky" to be of much use. In marine mammals, an adaptation allows this protein to leverage muscles as a kind of "oxygen battery."

Posted by scott at June 14, 2013 06:38 AM

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