Why diving gannets don’t break their necks


This video says about itself:

7 March 2015

How can seabirds dive into the water at 55 MPH without breaking their necks? Studying actual birds, 3D printed replicas, and simple weighted models entering water, researchers at Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution found that northern gannets dive just slowly enough to prevent their necks from buckling. More information here. (Video courtesy Sunny Jung, Virginia Tech, et al.)

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