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Post by Rockhopper on Fri May 15, 2015 3:19 am

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The opah is the first fish species found to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds, research has revealed.

The fish, found in the waters off the US, Australia and several other countries, generates heat by constantly flapping its fins and has developed an internal “heat exchange” system within its gills to conserve the warmth.

This adaptation means warm blood that leaves the opah’s body core helps heat cold blood returning from the surface of the gills where it absorbs oxygen, maintaining an average body temperature of about 4C to 5C.

This system, likened by scientists to a car radiator, is similar to that used by mammals and birds, which are known as endotherms for their ability to maintain body temperature independent of the environment.

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Post by Agartha on Fri May 15, 2015 8:08 am

Mother nature never ceases to amaze me! Very Happy
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Post by Lenzabi on Fri May 15, 2015 2:54 pm

Interesting! I thought that Great Whites were doing heat control via calorie intake of fat, not muscles to stay 12degrees warmer than the ocean around them in their seal fat diet.

This sounds like the Opah just naturally does their own heating.

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