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How do marine mammals like whales and dolphins cope without access to fresh water? They presumably ingest large amounts of salt in their diet, so how do they deal with this?


 

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This answer was supplied for a listener to the podcast, although the physiology of the kidney is alluded to but not explained in detail:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/2379/
 

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