The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a squid


TOKYO (AFP) - The oceanic squid can fly more than 30 metres through the air at speeds faster than Usain Bolt if it wants to escape predators, Japanese researchers said on Friday.

The mollusc propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2 metres per second, Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University said.

Olympic Gold medallist Bolt averaged 10.31 metres a second when he bagged gold in London last year.

"There were always witnesses and rumors that said squid were seen flying, and we have proved that it really is true," Mr Yamamoto told AFP.