The copepod is just a single millimeter long. But for it's size, it's the strongest, fastest animal alive. The ability to escape or resist predators is a major evolutionary advantage:
Together with researchers from DTU Aqua and DTU Physics and with the aid of high-speed video recordings, Thomas Kiørboe has been able to give a detailed picture of the copepods’ escape jump. The powerful jump has made an incredible impression upon the researchers.
“They jump at a rate of half a metre per second, and that’s within a few thousandths of a second,” says Thomas Kiørboe, continuing: “It shows that copepods - in relation to their size - are more than 10 times as strong as has been previously documented for any other animal or even man-made motors...”
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Previously: Marine Biologists Filmed Copepod Going to the Bathroom