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Squid able to fly 100ft through the air

February 9, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments



Image Credit: Clark Anderson
Japanese researchers have identified and documented the incredible capabilities of the oceanic squid.
By shooting a high pressure jet of water the squid are able to propel themselves out of the water and through the air for 100ft at speeds of up to 11.2 meters per second. Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University and his team had been tracking a shoal of the squid east of Tokyo when they observed the animals launching themselves from the water.

"There were always witnesses and rumours that said squid were seen flying, and we have proved that it really is true," he said. "Once they finish shooting out the water, they glide by spreading out their fins and arms. As they land back in the water, the fins are all folded back into place to minimise the impact."
The oceanic squid can fly more than 100 feet through the air at speeds faster than Usain Bolt if it wants to escape predators, Japanese researchers said.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Wnoder if there is a film of this event. The article only mentions the picture shown. Would be cool to see.
Comment icon #8 Posted by King Fluffs 9 years ago
More nightmare material...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mr Right Wing 9 years ago
Oh Good Lord...that's just what we need now, flying squids. UFOs?
Comment icon #10 Posted by seeder 9 years ago
More nightmare material... hardly a nightmare when so small. But then again spiders are small and they scare the crap out of some people, but not me thankfully. (Im just terrified to death over the bigger - coin sized ones!) this couple were boating, flying squids landing on their boat...(hate days out like that) .
Comment icon #11 Posted by schizoidwoman 9 years ago
Imagine a squid coming at you through the air, quite a sight!
Comment icon #12 Posted by imagestic 9 years ago
Kill them... Kill them with fire!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by chopmo 9 years ago
Wow. Simply just wow.
Comment icon #14 Posted by seeder 9 years ago
Kill them... Kill them with fire!!! Doing it that way - its called calimari... and then ...everyone loves them! nom nom nom with a bit o lemon juice!
Comment icon #15 Posted by ReddWolfe 9 years ago
if sky knew about this . . .
Comment icon #16 Posted by Spectre1979 9 years ago
the world keeps getting scarier for me lol


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