Whales Fab Fact 9: big breathers
Whales breathe through their blowholes at the surface. When they dive and swim underwater, they hold their breath.
Ka hā ngā tohorā mā ngā pehu i te kārewa o te wai. Ina ruku, ina kauhoe hoki i raro i te wai, ka puritia ō rātou hā.
A sperm whale can hold its breath for up to 80 minutes and dive 2000 metres (6500 feet) deep.
Ka āhei tētahi parāoa te pupuri i tana hā mō tata ki te 80 meneti, me te ruku ki te hōhonutanga o te 2000 mita.
How long can you hold your breath?
Make sure you see the huge sperm whale skeleton in the Whales |Tohorā exhibition, closing 11 May 2008!