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Many terrestrial mammals weigh much less than a pound, yet the smallest fully marine mammal is the sea otter, which weighs over 30 lbs. as an adult. How might the surface area: volume ratio contribute to the large size of marine mammals?

Animals with high SA:V ratios generate more heat via higher metabolisms.

Animals with low SA:V ratio retain heat more efficiently.

Animals with high SA:V ratios retain heat more efficiently.

Animals with low SA:V ratio are able to take more prey.

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