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Thor Heyerdahl

Flying squids: the rocket science behind cephalopods

Flying squids: the rocket science behind cephalopods

Squids can fly? If you are a member of the relatively small community of squid aficionados you've known this for a while.

But if you are a normal person with just a passing interest in cephalopods and all their many diverse abilities, the fact that these underwater creatures also occasionally get from point A to point B by flying above the water for distances of up to 164 feet at a time might just blow your mind.

Ron O'Dor, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and co-author of a poster called "Squid Rocket Science" presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City, said squids have good reason to...