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Diving bat

Submitted by jmalloldiaz on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:45

This species has developed certain adaptations that allow it to succesfully enter the water at a high speed when diving. Its unusual beak-shaped mouth provides streamlining, which minimizes the impact against the surface and increases the chances of a successful hunt by avoiding excessive splashing that may scare away fish. Unlike most mammals, which have seven cervical vertebrae, this species has five cervical vertebrae and they are surrounded by thick layers of soft tissue. This gives the bat a shorter neck with a shock absorbing mechanism that greatly reduces the risk of injury when penetrating the water.