In our last post, you were a beetle with a breathing problem. In this one, you’re underwater. And because you’re in the water, you’ve got what looks like an unsurmountable, frightening, oh-my-god-I’m-going-to-die predicament.
Most animals not only don’t breathe like we do, they do it so differently, we still haven’t quite figured out what they’re doing. What we do know is the way these creatures take in air and get their oxygen is nothing short of astonishing. So that’s our topic: mysterious breathers.
Shrews are very odd animals. They don’t slow down. They barely sleep. Like tightly wound springs, they unleash crazy amounts of energy, and then, out of some deep need, or some deep necessity, they release more.
It’s 20 below freezing in a Tennessee forest, and biologist David George Haskell takes his clothes off. All of them. On purpose.