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How Does The Breath-Holding Capability Of A Human Compare With Other Mammals?

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Posted October 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM via web

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How Does The Breath-Holding Capability Of A Human Compare With Other Mammals?

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Humans have the smallest breath-holding capacity of all mammals.

Mammal Average time in minutes
Human 1
Polar bear 1.5
Sea otter 5
Platypus 10
Muskrat 12
Hippopotamus 15
Sea cow 16
Beaver 20
Porpoise 15
Seal 15-28
Greenland whale 60
Sperm whale 90
Bottlenose whale 120

Source: Taber, Robert. 1001 Questions Answered About the Oceans and Oceanography, p. 15.

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