Beaked Whales Breaks Records By Holding their Breath for Nearly 4 Hours - Deep Dive

Beaked Whale Breaks Records By Holding their Breath for Nearly 4 Hours

A Record Breaking new coming in by a beautiful beaked Whale!!!!

How long can you hold your breath? We are pretty sure that your best efforts can’t come close to the breath-holding capabilities of a Cuvier’s beaked whale.

These kinds of whales were already known as dive deeper and way longer than any other mammal, but according to new research it is seen that their marathon dives can last even longer than once thought.

Recently when data were examined by the scientists about thousands of whale dives, they found that one among these extreme divers held its breath for more than 3 hours, which indeed has broke the previously reported record by Cuvier’s beaked whale by over an hour.

Researchers stated by a new study that – Similarly fascinating was the profound deep diving whales’ capacity to recoup moderately rapidly from their efforts. One whale rested for only 20 minutes following a 2-hour plunge, indicating that even what seem, by all accounts, to be extraordinary jumps (to us, at any rate) might be not a problem for this animal categories all things considered

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration stated that – Cuvier’s beaked whales, who are also known as goose-beaked whales – can grow to 7 meters long, and weigh up to 6,800 lbs which is 3,080 kilograms. Further officials form Alaska Department of Fish and Game stated that – The Mature ones males specifically have two cone-shaped teeth that stick out from their lower jaws, Often pale scratches are seen on their bodies that are thought to be scars from mating competitions over females.

A research scientist working in Duke Marine Lab at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, in Durham, North Carolina stated that – The whales are found in deep ocean waters in some parts of the world, but as they spend very little time at the surface it is extremely challenging to observe them in wild.

They spend almost 90% of their time under the water in depths or in shallower dives. The whales comes up very rarely for breath and before diving back again they surfaces only for 2 minutes .Due to which the marine scientists gets very little time to spot the whales, or place a satellite linked location tracking tag for collecting data.

Elusive Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) spend only about 2 minutes at the sea surface to catch a breath for their marathon dives.

They added that – No one knows a lot about beaked whales, so there’s lots of questions! it’s really hard to get data.

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For further study and research work Quick and her team mates reviewed more than 3,680 dives performed between 2014 and 2018, by 23 tagged whales in waters off North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras. They divided the dives into two categories: foraging and non-foraging. They found that at the time of non-foraging dives, the time when the animals were not actively hunting prey, the whales descended to depths of about 980 feet to 1,600 feet (300 to 500 m) on average, for an average of 30 minutes. In comparison to this Foraging dives, were deeper and longer, reaching depths of around 5,760 feet (1,450 m) and lasting about 60 minutes on average.

Quick further stated that – researchers don’t know for sure what the whales are doing in the ocean depths when they aren’t hunting, they might have evolved the ability to linger in deeper (and darker) waters to avoid predators such as killer whales, which hunt visually.

Diving mammals can stay submerged after they deplete stored oxygen by switching to anaerobic respiration, which makes lactic corrosive develop in body tissues, adding to muscle weariness. Earlier examination on other mammalian remote ocean jumpers has indicated that they complete about 95% of their plunges before they have to change to anaerobic breath, as per the investigation. At the point when the researchers applied that equation to their information, they assessed that Cuvier’s beaked whales could hold their breath for around 78 minutes before anaerobic breath would take over.

Back in the year 2014, another team of researchers reported a record-breaking Cuvier’s beaked whale dive that lasted 2 hours and 17.5 minutes. However, a new study’s examined by scientist data from 2017, it was discovered that a pair of extreme dives performed by one whale that obliterated the existing record. The first dive lasted 2 hours and 53 minutes, and that new record was quickly surpassed by an even longer dive of 3 hours and 42 minutes, according to the study.

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