Monday, 4 April 2011

Strongest animal in proportion to size.

CopepodImage by manual crank via Flickr

From almost any bit of water anywhere in the world.

Copepods are tiny little crustaceans that form a major part of marine plankton. Most of them are about 1 millimetre long, but they are still very keen on not getting eaten. Since water becomes thick and syrupy at their scale, they must leap out of danger's way with a strength 10 to 30 times more powerful than any other animal yet studied.

It's a good thing they are that tiny. Any bigger and the sea would be like a boiling mass of bullets and torpedoes!

More on copepods and copepod strength.

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