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We use water for everything. Check out these facts that explore freshwater, the animals that live in it, and how we use it.
1. When a river otter dives, its ears and nose close tightly to keep water out.
2. Since 1999, about 430 dams in the United States have been removed, allowing rivers to return to their natural flow.
3. The armored catfish may look as if it shimmers, but its sheen is actually the reflection of a thin layer of crystals underneath its skin.
4. Male platypuses–aquatic mammals that live near rivers and lakes in eastern Australia and the island of Tasmania–are venomous.
5. More Americans fish than play tennis or golf.
6. The Nile, the world’s longest river, stretches about 4,000 miles–the length of more than 42 million dollar bills lined up end to end.
7. The rain that falls today is the same freshwater that dinosaurs drank.
8. Freshwater makes up less than three percent of the Earth’s water.
9. A bath uses 75 percent more water than a five-minute shower.
10. The snake-necked turtle, found in marshes and shallow waters of Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea, smells like a skunk.