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."
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