Whale Makes a New Record

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A member of the Ziphius cavirostris whale family has broken a record for the deepest plunge by a marine mammal. One whale dived as deep as 3,000mts, which is almost 3kms. This species, which is also known as the Cuvier’s beaked whale, also holds the record for the longest dive—222 minutes, that is three hours and 42 minutes!

The earlier known record is dated to 2014, where the whale had stayed underwater for 137.5 minutes. The Cuvier’s beaked whale is known to have large reserves of oxygen and slow metabolism. Once the oxygen runs out, the animal moves to anaerobic respiration, which does not rely on oxygen for respiration.

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