Respiratory function and mechanics in pinnipeds and cetaceans.

  title={Respiratory function and mechanics in pinnipeds and cetaceans.},
  author={Andreas Fahlman and Michael J. Moore and Daniel Garc{\'i}a-P{\'a}rraga},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={220 Pt 10},
In this Review, we focus on the functional properties of the respiratory system of pinnipeds and cetaceans, and briefly summarize the underlying anatomy; in doing so, we provide an overview of what is currently known about their respiratory physiology and mechanics. While exposure to high pressure is a common challenge among breath-hold divers, there is a large variation in respiratory anatomy, function and capacity between species - how are these traits adapted to allow the animals to… CONTINUE READING


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