Why Can I Hold My Breath For A Longer Time In Warm Water ?

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Offline neilep

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Dearest Philanthropic Academicals Of Knowledgeable Stuff Whom Are Klevur,

As a sheepy, I am of course an expert at swimming the ocean depths and discovering sunken treasures.....it's obvious isn't it ?..........Four legged Ball of Wool = Beneath The Sea Expert !....blatant !!

Look, Look here I am beneath the sea with a chum and a brat (bottom burps followed )


Nice eh ?

I've noticed though, that when I dive in the Indian ocean I can hold my breath longer than when I dive in the Atlantic !.....I can only put this down to the fact that there are temperature differences between the two...The Atlantic is cooler !

so, why's that then ?...why can I hold my breath longer in warm water ?

Ewe see...I just don't know....I want to know and I heard that this was a good site to come and ask a question like this. I did ask the postman when he delivered my monthly "PlaySheep" but all he did was shrug his shoulders and told me to ring customer services !...
Anyway, have ewe tried ringing royal mail customer services...?..15 minutes I was holding on !!...and then all they told me was that Special Delivery guaranteed next day delivery !!!!..what's that got to do with holding your breath ?

Here's hoping ewe can help me know something today..

hugs et les shmisheys

mwah mwah !

Seafairing Sheep

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Why Can I Hold My Breath For A Longer Time In Warm Water ?
« Reply #1 on: 30/03/2009 15:37:25 »
The mammalian diving reflex is temperature dependent ...

The mammalian diving reflex optimizes respiration which allows mammals to stay underwater for a long time. It is exhibited strongly in aquatic mammals (seals, otters, dolphins, etc.), but exists in a weaker version in other mammals , including humans.
     Every animal's diving reflex is triggered specifically by cold water contacting the face water that is warmer than 21 C (70 F) does not cause the reflex, and neither does submersion of body parts other than the face.

Although that reflex that should enable you to remain longer under cold water.
« Last Edit: 30/03/2009 15:41:32 by RD »