Why squid can fly so fast

by Rebecca on February 20, 2013

in Animals in the News

The squid can eject water through a nozzle nea  its head as a form of jet propulsion

From: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/revealed-the-secret-that-makes-flying-squid-faster-than-usain-bolt-8487911.html

A study based on photographs of flying squid in the Pacific Ocean estimates that they can reach a speed of up to 11.2 metres per second, which is significantly faster than the 10.31 metres per second that Bolt averaged in the 100 metre final at the London Olympics.

Over the past few years, a number of anecdotal accounts have emerged of squid streaking through the air above the sea for several metres and now a team of Japanese marine biologists have photographed them doing it en masse.

The squid, which normally swims backwards through the water using its fins, can eject water through a nozzle near its head as a form of jet propulsion in emergencies. It is this technique they use to glide through the air like flying fish.



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