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Water boatman breathes underwater

The water boatman uses a thin layer of air as an "external lung" allowing it to breathe underwater. New MIT research has shown that many insects' water-repellent coats trap a thin layer of air on their bodies, allowing them to store and absorb oxygen from the surrounding water. More

Video courtesy John Bush, MIT

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Cool! Looks like the air is trapped in the layer of tiny hairs on the shell of the insect.

Posted 6 years by Anonymous

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