Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fact of the Day: Dolphin Sleep

Being mammals, dolphins need air to breath. Which poses the question on how do dolphins sleep? Well the main way they do it is that they can shut down half of their brain while the other half goes on alert mode while slowly swimming. Then it will switch to the other side when the other half has gotten enough sleep. 

17 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Amazing piece of information! Just some time ago, we had a big discussion about dophins here since it was big news that in Sweden somebody had eaten a ginnypig in a restaurant. The discussion in Helsinki was about what animals it's "okay" for humans to eat. It turned out that the only two animals that people would never even consider to eat in Helsinki would be the dog and the dolphin. In total, it was a very controversal discussion, and as usual, these discussions never lead anywhere.
Thank you for leaving a kind comment on my blog!

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E from Helsinki
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DWei said...

I thought they napped for 20 minutes, came up for air, and then apped again.

Kay said...

Remarkable! Don't you wish you could do that too? Granted I do sometimes feel like half my brain is asleep.

MEcoy said...

whoa thats a amazing of only i have that ability i could
work and blog 24/7 haha

Bart said...

aye, half my brain shuts down at 12 beers too

Lucy said...

Interesting post, I love dolphins! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very cool!

DEZMOND said...

That is very interesting! Love dolphins!
They're kinda like cats who sleep 20 times a day, but never in a deep slumber, but only a light one...

Pat Hatt said...

That has to be quite the interesting way to sleep, talented they are.

A Beer for the Shower said...

This sounds like a lot of the people I see in traffic. Shut off half of brain, coast into someone else's lane, almost kill everyone on the road. I'm sure it works out better for dolphins.

Anthony Hopper said...

Cool fact...

Dana said...

Wouldn't it be great if people could do this, too?

Caramella said...

That's incredible! Thank you for sharing this fact with us. I hope to see a dolphin up close one day!

Jane said...

Truly fascinating! Wish I had this ability :)

Anonymous said...

that is amazing!

Adam said...

I think that's how whales do it. As they can breathe longer than a dolphin. Not sure on that one.

JJ said...

wow. i will remember this.