The Archer Fish’s Arrow

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Archer fish have a remarkable superpower. When hunting, they target insects above the water and knock them down with a precision strike from a jet of water they spit out. As previous research has shown, the archer fish packs an impressive punch by carefully modulating the water jet so that its tail travels faster and catches up to the front of the jet just as it strikes its target. Even more impressively, the archer fish can make this perfect strike on targets at different distances, which requires the fish to make significant adjustments to each jet. As this video from Deep Look discusses, the archer fish’s impressive hunting hints that it may have greater intelligence than we thought possible, given a comparison of its brain to ours. (Video credit: Deep Look)

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