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Posted By Ron Shimek 3/21/2012 3:11:28 PM
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Ron Shimek
 Posted 3/21/2012 3:11:28 PM
 

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Hi Folks,

A while ago, I posted some information about, and links to, an article about flying squid - using rocket power while in the air to fly further than they would have by simply gliding out of the water.

Today, there is another post about flying invertebrates, albeit in this case the motive force all occurs in the water.

FLYING COPEPODS!!!



Three, two, one ... blast off! By beating all of their 10 legs once, copepods belonging to the species Labidocera aestiva (top) and Anomalocera ornata (photo on left, bottom) are able to overcome the drag from their environment and breach the water's surface.
Credit: (copepod, left) Brad Gemmell; (diagram, right) B. J. Gemmell et al., Proc.R. Soc. B (2012)
Image hotlinked from the Science News Today Site, and there is a video in the news article.

The actual publication was in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and here is the abstract.
3/21/2012 3:14:22 PM by Ron Shimek
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Ahh, perhaps this explains the "rain" they make. I have spent many hours standing by the sea side fishing and sometimes seen something that looks like fine rain on the surface even though it wasn't raining. When I checked closer I saw the water was full of calanoid copepods swarming under the surface.

Jon Olav Bjørndal
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Extremely informative article, I appreciate your sharing. I will definitely follow your tips and advice hope it work's for me.
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Hi,

Glad to have you here!

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