Re: Deep breathing

To: Pat Macwhirter <>
Subject: Re: Deep breathing
From: Andrew Peter Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 00:33:51 +1000
Pat Macwhirter wrote:
> >or which bird can hold its breath the longest....
> Mauro's question has been bugging me.
> Can anyone tell us which bird does hold its breath the longest and how the
> physiology works?
> I have a feeling the right answer is either the King Penguin or Emperor 
Penguin, which I recall deep-dive to remarkable depths and must 
therefore require a long period where they do not breathe. What is 
even more remarkable is their ability to feed on krill etc at these 
depths under what one would presume to be substantial oxygen-debt. As 
for the physiology, we may need to consult a bird physiologist on that 
one. Are there any other thoughts?

Andrew Taylor

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