Deep diving mammals: Dive behavior and circulatory adjustments contribute to bends avoidance.

@article{Fahlman2006DeepDM,
  title={Deep diving mammals: Dive behavior and circulatory adjustments contribute to bends avoidance.},
  author={Andreas Fahlman and Albert J Olszowka and Brian L. Bostrom and David R. Jones},
  journal={Respiratory physiology & neurobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={153 1},
  pages={66-77}
}
A mathematical model was created that predicted blood and tissue N(2) tension (P(N2)) during breath-hold diving. Measured muscle P(N2) from the bottlenose dolphin after diving repeatedly to 100 m (Tursiops truncatus [Ridgway and Howard, 1979, Science, 4423, 1182-1183]) was compared with predictions from the model. Lung collapse was modelled as a 100% pulmonary shunt which yielded tissue P(N2) similar to those reported for the dolphin. On the other hand, predicted muscle P(N2) for an animal with… CONTINUE READING
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