Using Jets to Find Food

Archer fish are well-known for their ability to hit aerial targets with perfectly aimed jets of water, as we’ve discussed previously. But a new study shows they use a similar technique to form underwater jets that help them uncover food. The researchers found that the fish altered the timing of their jet formation based on the type of substrate – fine sand, course sand, or mud – that the food pellet was hidden in. A great next step in this research would be using a technique like particle image velociometry (PIV) to measure the flow field directly and see to what extent the fish’s actions are altering the jet they produce. (Image and research credit: J. Dewenter et al.; GIF source: freshphotons)

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