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Ocean dive depths

Ocean dive depths

This figure shows the maximum known diving depths for New Zealand’s seals in comparison with humans and sperm whales, as well as the maximum time spent underwater per dive. Deeper dives have been recorded for New Zealand fur seals than for other fur seal species, and New Zealand sea lions also apparently dive deeper than other sea lions. Southern elephant seals sometimes sleep under water.

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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Seals - Adaptations for diving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006