Copepods

Highest Jumping Animals : Copepods

Copepods

If you were asked to determine the highest jumper in the animal kingdom, you might think of that it was an insect or a tree frog.

However researcher have actually found that the gold champion in high leaping comes from an unforeseen location: the ocean! Copepods are small one- to two-millimeter-long shellfishes that can increase to a rate of 500 body-lengths per second when leaping to stay clear of becoming the target of mackerel, herring, jellyfish and other predators. That indicates these little animals have the best leg muscular tissues in the world.

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