Despite these suspicions, it’s been a long wait before anyone has managed to catch any of the crafty buggers at it.
All squid have a built-in jet propulsion system that pushes them through the water. Scientists believe that this pump is able to fire them up and above the surface of the sea if they are getting hassled by a predator below the waves.
Over recent years, Japanese fish-based scientists have been on the lookout for these amazing chaps. They have found that at least one species of squid can fire itself out of the water, and it can reach speeds of 11 meters per second – that’s faster than Usain Bolt over 100m, would you believe?
These Japanese flying squid can stay airborne for up to 3 seconds and travel an impressive 30 meters per leap from the water. I found a few videos demonstrating their skills, including a guy getting hit in the face by one.
But, first up, here’s a little news report with some more pictures in it:
So, on a lighter note, here’s that guy in a speed boat being hit in the face by a flying squid:
Next up, we have a video of a guy accidentally kite surfing alongside a flying squid. This is a good one:
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