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Image : Scientists Find a New Twist in How Squids Swim

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Squids use a small funnel?below the eye in this photo?to shoot jets of water that propel the animal forward through moving water. Engineers had assumed that squids took advantage of a hydrodynamic phenomenon known as vortex rings to move themselves efficiently, until Woods Hole-based researchers observed jets coming out of the funnel.

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