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Scientists Confirm That Neon Flying Squid Can Fly, Announce Speed

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In a study published this week in German science magazine Marine Biology, a team of marine biologists at Hokkaido University announced they have discovered that the neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) can fly through the air at up to 11.2 meters per second. They propel themselves by squirting water out at high pressure and can fly for a distance of about 30 meters (nearly 100 feet).

Fascinating and frightening.

They cannot breathe in the air, right?

So essentially they have to hold their breath in the air just like we hold ours underwater...