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Whale breaks record for holding breath underwater

A whale recently broke the world’s record for holding its breath under water, having completed dives that last for over two hours and reach nearly two miles below the ocean’s surface.

The new record holder is the Cuvier’s beaked whale, according to a study in the latest issue of the journal Plos One. This species is a deepwater master, preferring to swim and hunt at depths greater than 3,300 feet.

“It’s remarkable to imagine these social, warm-blooded mammals actively pursuing prey in the darkness at such astounding depths, literally miles away from their most basic physiological need: air,” lead author Gregory Schorr said in a press release.

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