Diving Mechanisms in Penguins

 

 

Welcome to Diving Mechanisms in Penguins! Created as a class project for Animal Physiology, this website explores the physiological constraints that penguins face as diving birds. Penguins are a very unique group of birds due to their flightless, aquatic lifestyle. Though they are not as efficient in diving as world-class divers like elephant seals and sperm whales, penguins have a remarkable ability to reach ocean depths and stay submerged for long periods of time. Emperor penguins can dive to depths of 534 m and stay submerged for nearly 16 minutes!

 

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This website was created as part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.

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