After studying this course, you should be able to:
contrast the physical properties of air and water and describe implications of such differences for aquatic mammals
give examples of the adaptations displayed by aquatic mammals that enable them to hold their breath while submerged for relatively long periods
describe some of the biological differences between pinnipeds, sirenians and cetaceans
discuss the importance of communication by sound in aquatic mammals, describe the role of blubber and explain countercurrent heat exchange
explain the diving response and its significance in natural dives.