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Image taken by Kouta Muramatsu of Hokkaido University on July 25, 2011 shows the oceanic squid flying in the air in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2m per second, the university said.
A species of oceanic squid can fly more than 30 metres (100 feet) through the air at speeds faster than Usain Bolt if it wants to escape predators, Japanese researchers said Friday.
"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.
"Once they finish shooting out the water, they glide by spreading out their fins and arms," Yamamoto's team said in a report.
"The fins and the web between the arms create aerodynamic lift and keep the squid stable on its flight arc.
"As they land back in the water, the fins are all folded back into place to minimise the impact."
A picture researchers snapped shows more than 20 of the creatures in full flight above the water, droplets of water from their propulsion jet clearly visible.
"We have discovered that squid do not just jump out of water but have a highly developed flying posture," the report said.
The squid are in the air for about three seconds and travel upwards of 30 metres, said Yamamoto, in what he believed was a defence strategy to escape being eaten. But, he added, being out of the ocean opened a new front, leaving the cephalopods vulnerable to other predators.
Originally posted by grey9438
well this is interesting, I wonder why they do this though
That the squid took flight as the researchers' boat approached has led Yamamoto to speculate that flying is a safety mechanism, to help them espace predators.
Originally posted by Trackhunter
Fascinating things you learn on Ats. Here is video of The Japanese flying squid, Japanese common squid or Pacific flying squid Todarodes pacificus m.youtube.com...
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Originally posted by grey9438
reply to post by SilentE
yes but they said that it would expose them to predators like birds, huge flocks of birds could catch them in the air
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
I'm really surprised that this is a new discovery. To me the only thing new in this discovery is that squids take on a flying posture. But I've seen squid fly a distance of maybe 5-8 meters while fishing at night. Not as exciting as 30 meters of flight. But I've observe spooked squid flying short distances. Even seen them do it in the bait tank when trying to avoid my hands.
Still very cool pictures though.
Researchers say is the first time anyone has ever described the mechanism the flying mollusc employs.