Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:46 PM
The Straight Story (47,772 posts)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a squid (or a suspect to the LAPD...)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a squid
A species of oceanic squid can fly more than 30 metres through the air at speeds faster than Usain Bolt if it wants to escape predators, Japanese researchers said.
The Neon Flying Squid propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2 metres per second, Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University said.
Olympic Gold medallist Bolt averaged 10.31 metres a second when he won at the London Games last year.
"There were always witnesses and rumours that said squid were seen flying, but no one had clarified how they actually do it. We have proved that it really is true," Yamamoto told AFP.
Researchers say is the first time anyone has ever described the mechanism the flying mollusc employs.
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a squid (or a suspect to the LAPD...) (Original post)
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:52 PM
JaneyVee (7,934 posts)
1. Wow. Over 100 ft. through the air. Someone has to update its Wiki page.
Biologists, however, still do not fully understand the exact mechanisms by which the squid become airborne. Nevertheless, the phenomenon is known to happen quite frequently and at least one photographic evidence of Ommastrephes bartramii in flight exists.
Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:59 PM
NYC_SKP (59,753 posts)
2. Nice, but flying fish can do 1,300 feet!
In May 2008, a Japanese television crew (NHK) filmed a flying fish (dubbed "Icarfish") off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan. The creature spent 45 seconds in flight. The previous record was 42 seconds.
Flying fish can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to cover distances of at least 400 m (1,300 ft). They can travel at speeds of more than 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph). Maximum altitude is 6 m (20 ft) above the surface of the sea. Some accounts have them landing on ships' decks.
Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:07 PM
JaneyVee (7,934 posts)
4. WHAAAT. That is astounding. That must be a transitional species on the evolutionary chain. In about
100,000 years I can totally see that fish being full bird.