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Marine Iguana Energy Production

Submitted by alexispena on Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:40

The results of these experiments showed that marine iguanas are capable of having large amounts of lactic acid build-up. The marine iguanas’ accumulated lactic acid while running, and it continued to get higher after they rested. During the forced dives, they also accumulated a large build-up of lactic acid that did not go down while cruising. In contrast, when blood was sampled after basking, it did not have a high concentration of lactic acid. These results support that marine iguanas undergo anaerobic energy production during bursts of activity, because there was an increase in blood lactic acid after they performed rigorous exercise. 

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