Hi this is my 2nd question on the site and I hope it is intriguing to you all. My question is: How feasible is it for an organism to sustain an Aerobic lifestyle (ie. the standard oxygen cycle found in oxygen "breathing" organisms or organisms that use Aerobic respiration) by ingesting dihydrogen monoxide (Water) and then via some process electrically breaking the H2O into its hydrogen and oxygen components. Thus using the oxygen for its aerobic respiration. The specifics of this organism are up to any of you that wish to answer the question, the main answers I am seeking are the following:
- Is this process possible in carbon based organisms?
- Is this electrolysis process feasible as a source of oxygen for carbon based organisms?
- Is this process present at all in the real world?
- What is required for this electrolysis of water within an organic organism?
- Is this process exclusively effective for multicellular organisms or single celled organisms, or could both feasibly use it?
- What are the drawbacks or potential dangers for the organism using this process?
- What kind of environment would likely lead to this type of respiration evolving within organisms?
If people want to go all the way I'd love to hear people's ideas for organisms that utilize this respiration system and what kind of environments or planets they would likely live in. The specifics of the theoretical organisms are up to you they just have to make use of this type of electrolysis assisted aerobic respiration. Also I'd be interested to see what people think the organisms could do with the hydrogen gas that would be a byproduct of this reaction. Not to drag on too long, but I could imagine a creature that could use the hydrogen as a flame weapon with an electrical ignition, or use perhaps a ballooning creature that uses the gas as a form of buoyancy.
I wish all luck and I hope this is a worthy question.