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Thermoregulation
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:43:00 pm »


How Do Rats Regulate Body Temperature?

Rather than sweating, rats regulate their body temperature through blood vessels in their tails. The blood vessels dilate and constrict in a process known as thermoregulation. As a rat’s body temperature rises, the blood vessels in its tail swell so that warm blood moves through the vessels to the surface of the tail, where the temperature of the blood is reduced. The cooled blood then flows back to the body, thus lowering the rat’s body temperature. A rat’s tail disperses about 17% of the rodent’s body heat, even though the tail has only 5% of a rat’s surface area.

More about rats:

Rats can survive being flushed down a toilet, because they can tread water for as long as three days.
There is estimated to be as many rats in the United States as there are people. ;D

A pair of brown rats are thought to be able to produce offspring at a rate of 2,000 rats per year.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-rats-regulate-body-temperature.htm

Agelbert NOTE: Does this mean rats have to grow longer tails to survive Global Warming? 

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Re: Thermoregulation
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2018, 02:52:58 pm »

How Do Swordfish Catch Prey in the Cold Ocean Depths? 

Marine biologists have long been aware that some ocean predators, such as tuna and sharks 🦈,  are able to warm their eyes and brains 👀 while hunting for prey in cold underwater environments. But they didn’t know why until a groundbreaking study about swordfish from the University of Queensland in Australia revealed a likely explanation. That research determined that warming of their retinas allow swordfish to distinguish light flashes associated with prey movement more accurately. This improved their ability to see moving images and track their prey by as much as 10 times, the researchers found.


Warmer eyes, better hunting:

֍ It is common to find swordfish in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 984 feet (300 m), where the temperature can be as low as 37°F (3°C).

֍ Temperature “must affect transmission speed in nerves and other molecular and neurochemical processes, slowing the whole nerve response down,” the researchers said.

֍ Contrary to popular belief, a swordfish’s "sword" is not used to spear prey, but used instead to slash at its prey. Once injured, the prey is easier to catch.

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