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February 9 2013

Squid in fright take flight, really bolt


ome squid can fly more than 30 meters through the air at speeds faster than sprint king Usain Bolt if they need to escape predators, Hokkaido University researchers said Friday.

The mollusks propel themselves out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, then open their fins to glide at speeds of up to 11.2 meters per second, Jun Yamamoto of the university said. Bolt averaged 10.31 meters a second when he bagged gold at last year’s Summer Games.

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