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Dolphins are 10 times stronger than humans


Posted on Saturday, 18 January, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

Dolphins are both strong and fast animals. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Vince Smith
In terms of physical prowess, dolphins are able to put even the strongest human athletes to shame.
A new study has revealed that dolphins are not only intelligent but physically super strong, as evidenced by their ability to swim alongside a speeding boat.

The research was conducted by the appropriately named Frank Fish, head of the Liquid Life Laboratory at West Chester University, and involved applying the same methods used to measure the muscle power of Olympic athletes.

For it to work on dolphins, the team set up a special bubble curtain and measured the disturbances in the water as the animals swam along. "It was cold and damp, but you would get really excited and forget about that as you saw the animal go past and you’d see the vortices come out so nicely," said Fish.

The results of the experiment suggested that dolphins are able to generate 5,400 watts while accelerating, a figure ten times that of a human athlete.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (14)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by toast on 18 January, 2014, 21:14
i don't see the point in comparing a dolphin's strength to a human being's. ok they are stronger swimmers, but i bet they can't lift a piano They would but they don´t like stairwells.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Neognosis on 18 January, 2014, 21:17
It can be done by a Dolphin..rope and pulley... Dolphins can make ropes and pulleys now? WOW
Comment icon #7 Posted by moonshadow60 on 18 January, 2014, 21:50
LOL Toast!
Comment icon #8 Posted by UFO_Monster on 18 January, 2014, 22:31
Doesn't surprise me at all. Many animals are stronger than we are. Even chimpanzees....
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dave From Down Under on 19 January, 2014, 1:24
Dolphins CAN lift pianos - they just see no porpoise in it . . .
Comment icon #10 Posted by JGirl on 19 January, 2014, 1:27
Dolphins CAN lift pianos - they just see no porpoise in it . . . best post on the thread!
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 19 January, 2014, 1:43
Remind me not to wrestle with my cousin.
Comment icon #12 Posted by psyche101 on 20 January, 2014, 7:18
It can be done by a Dolphin..rope and pulley...no man is going to lift a real piano either Pfffft. Chuck Norris could.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Wakka25 on 20 January, 2014, 19:15
Any animal equal to our size or bigger is going be x times stronger than what we are. Humans really don't need much strength to watch tv and get food at walmart.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Neognosis on 21 January, 2014, 0:52
Humans really don't need much strength to watch tv and get food at walmart. Or to manipulate the machines we build to do heavy work for us, like shovels, levers, pulleys, the wheel, etc.


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