So that's why selecting for "streamlining" never worked out right.Quasar wrote: ↑Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:01 pmBlub blub blub
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The Effective buoyancy of an object can vary by depth in the real world, provided it contains compressable gas, because water pressure can decrease the gas's volume. It's not the water density that changes, it's the density of the gas. It's basically the opposite of what Pratchett said, but it still makes neutral buoyancy at a preferred depth possible.
Meanwhile, balloons can only go so high before the air is too thin for them to be buoyant in. A "gas bag" creature could exploit this by making themselves neutrally buoyant at the air density just above sea level.
Remember that although water and air are both fluids, the fixed density of a liquid at a given temperature versus the variable density of a gas makes buoyancy in each rather different. A diver ceases to be positively buoyant by going too deep, whereas a balloon ceases to be positively buoyant by going too high.