Dolphins Are 10 Times Stronger Than Human Athletes

Posted: January 21, 2014  |  By: Jennifer Viegas [Discovery News]

Dolphins routinely produce 10 times more power than the fittest human athletes do, concludes a new study on the herculean marine mammals.

The discovery helps to explain why dolphins seem to swim with ease next to boats propelled by powerful engines. At first scientists thought dolphins always benefited from some kind of fluid-flow trickery, but now we know the truth: Dolphins are ultra strong.

The study is published in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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