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Fifty years ago, so little was known about the science behind freediving that the top divers in the world - who were diving less than half as deep as the best athletes today - were routinely told by doctors that they would certainly be killed by the pressure of the water around them. Since then, interest in freediving research, particularly in the areas of physiology and underwater technology have grown exponentially, with researchers like Erika Schagatay, Professor of Environmental Physiology, devoting considerable time and resources to researching the body's adaptations to depth, and a multitude of companies developing applications and devices designed specifically for freediving. You'll find a wealth of articles, videos, images and resources here.

Howdy freedivers, and welcome to this week’s update from our number one furry physiology fanatic, Dr Otter!

Hi there Freedivers and welcome to this brand new update from Dr Otter’s riverbank freediving laboratory.

I’ve often been told (usually, I’ll admit, by coaches of "a certain age") that, unlike - say - football, where any professional over the age of 30 is getting seriously long in the tooth, freedivers

I know I know, it’s been such a very long time since you heard from guru of freediving physiology and darling of riverbank critters, the world-famous Dr Otter.

The mammalian diving reflex is a unique set of evolutionary adaptations that are left over from the time when all life developed in the oceans.

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