By Fino Menezes Everyone adores dolphins. Intelligent, inquisitive and playful, these special creatures have captivated humans since the dawn of time. But dolphins didn’t get to where they are by accident — they needed to develop some pretty amazing superpowers to cope with their environment. Adapting to Life in the Ocean Required Some Serious Skills for a Mammal Dolphins have developed some incredible abilities that continue to amaze researchers. 1. Sleep Everything needs to sleep, but dolphins have found a clever workaround. They shut down only half their brain at a time while the other half remains conscious and takes over all functions. What’s more, the mammals seem to be able to remain continually vigilant for sounds for days on end. 2. Vision Besides sonar, which is itself pretty incredible, dolphins have excellent eyesight . A panoramic range of vision of 300° allows them to see in two directions at once and even behind themselves — both in and out of the water. 3. Super Skin Dolphin skin grows about 9 times faster than ours, and an entire layer of skin is replaced every two hours. Their skin secretes a special non-stick antibacterial gel to deter barnacles and parasites. […]

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