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Activity Discussion Science & Technology Biology Reply To: Biology

  • Siddharth

    June 21, 2023 at 8:12 pm
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    Aquatic birds and frogs have different anatomical adaptations that allow them to swim effectively in water.

    1. Aquatic birds

    • Webbed Feet: Most aquatic birds have webbed feet, which are specially adapted for swimming. The webbing between their toes increases the surface area of their feet, providing better propulsion and stability in water.

    • Paddle-Like Legs: The legs of aquatic birds are positioned towards the back of their bodies, which helps them propel through the water. This placement is more efficient for swimming compared to walking or perching.

    • Waterproof Plumage: The feathers of aquatic birds are coated with a waterproof substance called “preen oil.” This oil helps to repel water, keeping their feathers dry and buoyant. Dry feathers provide better insulation and reduce water resistance.

    • Buoyancy Control: Aquatic birds have air sacs in their bodies that help with buoyancy control. By adjusting the amount of air in these sacs, birds can float higher or lower in the water.

    1. Frogs:

    • Powerful Legs: Frogs have strong hind legs with long and webbed feet. They use a kicking motion to push against the water and propel themselves forward.

    • Streamlined Body: Frogs have a streamlined body shape that reduces water resistance and allows them to move smoothly through the water.

    • Skin Adaptations: Frogs have a thin, permeable skin that helps them absorb oxygen from the water. This adaptation allows them to extract oxygen while swimming underwater.

    • Tadpole Swimming: In their larval stage as tadpoles, frogs have a specialized tail that helps them swim. The tail has a large surface area and is used for propulsion, similar to how fish swim.

    Both aquatic birds and frogs use a combination of these adaptations to swim effectively in water, allowing them to navigate and search for food in their aquatic habitats.

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