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Erin Ross Sep 1
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The longest breath ever recorded, in whales

A young Cuvier's beaked whale calf surfaces to breath alongside its mother. Credit: Brenda Rone, under NMFS permit #15330.

The Cuvier's beaked whale is the undisputed champion of the long, deep dive. In a study released this week, Erin Falcone and her team recorded a record-shattering dive: one whale held its breath for an astounding two hours and 43 minutes.

"When I first saw the data, I thought 'is there any limit to what this animal can do'?" Falcone tells Axios. (When she recorded a two hours and 17 minute dive in 2014, she said, "it blew us out of the water.")