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Flying Squid

Ever seen a squid fly? Not many have, but the behavior may be more common than you think. Thanks to a set of photos from an amateur photographer, scientists have managed to estimate the velocity and acceleration of squid as they propel themselves out of the water by squirting a jet behind them. Researchers found that their speeds in air are roughly five times that in water, thanks to decreased drag. Previously it was thought that the flying behavior might be linked to escaping predators, but some now suggest that it enables migration over long distances by saving energy.

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