Breath of Life
We already know that our lungs are one of the most important organs required to sustain life. It is also one of the largest organs in terms of surface area – able to cover the entire length of a tennis court if the lungs are spread out flat.
People tend to assume that the lungs are more like big balloons or sacs of air, however, this analogy is rather misleading. Instead, the lungs can be compared with buckets of blood where air bubbles pass through. Explore reading more fascinating facts on the respiratory system below.
Breathtaking Facts About The Lungs
- The largest lungs in the animal kingdom belong to the blue whale. The average human lung can hold 4 to 6 litres of air. Blue whales, on the other hand, exceed a capacity of over 4,200 litres of air.
- Our lungs are not the same sizes, the right lung is slightly shorter and wider than the left lung. This is due to that fact the right lung has to accommodate the liver.
- Men have a lower rate of breathing than women and children.
- The average human breaths roughly 6.5 litres of air every minute.
- In contrast, an elephant breathes nearly 310 litres of air per minute.
- You might have to restrict your physical activities, but you can lead a relatively normal life with just one lung.
- Without mucus, your lungs would dry up and induce dehydration, which can lead to death.
- Lungfish is very unique because it is the only fish to have lungs and gills.
- Salamanders under the family Plethodontidae are very unique because they are the only amphibians that lack lungs. They entirely breathe through their skin and tissues lining the mouth.
- Your lungs can float in water.
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