Friday, 26 October 2012

Archer fish spitting mystery solved, scientists say

Italian scientists say they have solved the mystery of how archer fish can spit powerful jets of water.
Archer fish shoot water jets with enough force to knock prey into the water from overhanging vegetation.
Research by a team from the University of Milan shows that the fish's forceful strike is formed externally using water dynamics, rather than using the body's internal muscles.
This technique allows the animals to take accurate shots from up to 2m away.
For years scientists studied archer fish (Toxotes jaculatrix), searching for evidence of specialised internal organs that are adapted to this water-pistol-like hunting technique.
But previous studies have ruled out this idea.

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