Our Ocean Planet: New Video!

Published March 05, 2009

Staff at the National Aquarium are busy preparing for the opening our new dolphin show, Our Ocean Planet. Earth is one watery world and home to some remarkable creatures. The new dolphin show explores the depths of these waters by taking us into a dolphin's world. A world filled with beauty, grace, and power. We don't want to give the entire show away, but here are some interesting facts we will explore, to help explain how dolphins have adapted to succeed in their underwater world: Like humans, dolphin have the ability to breath. Dolphins must surface to breath. We fill out lungs 15 to 20% with air, but dolphins use 90-100% of their lung capacity, allowing them to stay under water for nearly 20 minutes. Now that is a lot of air! Scientists don't know why, but dolphins swim faster than they should considering their amount of muscle. The dolphin's shape is the fastest form possible, allowing them to reach speeds of 25 miles an hour! These are just some of the reasons why we marvel at their awesome display of strength and beauty. Visit us at www.aqua.org/dolphins for updates on the new show!
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