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Adaptations for diving

Adaptations for diving

When seals dive hundreds of metres deep, they have to survive on the oxygen they breathed in above the surface. They can store large amounts in their blood and muscles. Oxygen is also conserved by a lower heart rate and reduced blood flow to parts of the body.

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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Seals - Adaptations for diving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/6174/adaptations-for-diving (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006