Discover the differences in evolutionary adaptation between dolphins and humans, which allow these marine mammals to move through water far more easily and efficiently than us.
- Dolphins can swim faster than humans because they are more streamlined.
- Dolphins experience less drag in water because their skin is smooth and thick like rubber.
- Humans experience more water resistance.
- Professional swimmers make themselves more streamlined.
Dolphins seem to glide through the water effortlessly, at speeds of as much as 40km/h.
For us, however, it's far from effortless.
We first have to learn how to swim – and even then top athletes can only reach about 7 or 8km/h.
One of the main reasons dolphins can swim faster …
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