I dont know if this helps, but here are some figures for cetaceans and a
couple of other mammals for the maximum capacity of the lungs:
Fin whale: 2000 liters
Bottlenose whale: 40 liters
Harbor porpoise: 1.4 liters
Human being: 5 liters
Horse: 42 liters
Source: Slijper, E.J. 1962. Whales. Cornell University Press.
Good luck with the project!
Gretchen Brzycki wrote:
> Thank you very much for the help, Dr. Clapham. My mom and I are looking on
> the Web. I have the University of Utah nearby, so maybe we'll visit the
> library there, or call their science class.
> Thank you for answering my email. That was very nice of you!
> ----- Original Message -----
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> Subject: respiration in mammals
> > Hi Gretchen:
> > You asked about the volume of air taken into the lungs of different
> > mammals. That's a great question, but unfortunately I dont know the
> > answer. The answer will certainly be in some obscure scientific textbook
> > on respiration, but you'd have to go to a good university library to find
> > it. Is there one near you? Maybe your parents could take you. Many
> > universities now have catalogs which can be searched via computer.
> > I'll check one book I know on whales, which might just have something like
> > this; if I find anything I'll let you know.
> > You moght also search on the Web for mammalian respiration; if you can
> > something, you may be able to email a specialist in this field.
> > Phil Clapham
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