Diverse Divers pp 129-142 | Cite as

Hydrodynamics, Swim Velocity and Power Requirements

  • Gerald L. Kooyman
Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 23)


The discussions in this chapter, which are mainly theoretical arguments of power requirements based on different schemes of drag reduction, are a continuation of some of the empirical results presented in Chapter 10. This chapter will be somewhat different from previous ones in its restriction mainly to general aspects of diving vertebrates. This is because hydrodynamic theory applies to all forms, and because there has been so little experimental work done on reptiles, birds, and mammals. Most of what is discussed below was developed from the much more extensive fish literature, as well as general hydrodynamic theory.


Drag Coefficient Drag Reduction Killer Whale Harbor Seal Total Drag 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald L. Kooyman
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  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoScripps Institution of Oceanography Physiological Research LaboratoryLa JollaUSA

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