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CLIP 10370

Special adaptations make the dolphin a champion swimmer

Special adaptations make the dolphin a champion swimmer
Key Info
  • Special adaptations make the dolphin a champion swimmer
  • Duration: 03:07
  • Water is denser than air and slows humans down when we attempt to swim through it. By comparison the dolphin has no trouble slicing through the water at speed. Slow motion filming shows how human skin is distorted by the water with each movement, causing drag. The dolphin's thick, adapted skin does not distort making it a very efficient swimmer. This clip is published as part of the BBC Wildlife Finder: where you can find further clips and resources on this subject. Please note these clips are only available in Flash and run at a higher bit rate than other videos on Class Clips - they may require a higher broadband connection speed to play correctly. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Environment - Bio-diversity

  • Keywords: swimming, movement, efficiency, speed, skin, adaptation, mammal, dolphin, sea, density
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Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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