Elastic Slingshot Powers Snipefish Feeding

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A study by graduated Population Biology Graduate Group student, Sarah Longo, shows that snipefish feed with an elastic-boosted head flick at almost unprecedented speed. Photo Credit: Dmitriy Konstantinov

The snipefish, an ocean-dwelling relative of the seahorse, has a very long, skinny snout ending in a tiny mouth. A recent study by UC Davis graduate student Sarah Longo shows that snipefish feed with an elastic-boosted head flick at almost unprecedented speed.

“At as little as two milliseconds, it’s among the fastest feeding events ever recorded for fish,” said Longo, now a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University.