neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii)

Scientists confirm that the neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) can fly more than 30 meters, at a speed up to 11.2 meters per second.    Image © Kouta Muramatsu of Hokkaido University

A team of marine biologists at Hokkaido University announced they have discovered that the neon flying squid can fly through the air, propelling themselves by squirting water out at high pressure.

Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University, 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.”

neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii)

Ommastrephes bartramii are easily distinguishable by the presence of an elongated silver-colored band in the middle of the ventral side of the mantle. Adult males usually have a mantle length of 29 to 32 cm (0.95 to 1.05 ft), but can reach the maximum length of 45 cm (1.48 ft). Adult females are much larger, usually having a mantle length of around 50 cm (1.6 ft), with the maximum known length being 60 cm (2.0 ft).

neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) Image © wikipedia

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