Coordination of multiple appendages in drag-based swimming.

  title={Coordination of multiple appendages in drag-based swimming.},
  author={Silas Alben and Kevin Spears and Stephen Garth and David Murphy and Jeannette Yen},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  volume={7 52},
Krill are aquatic crustaceans that engage in long distance migrations, either vertically in the water column or horizontally for 10 km (over 200,000 body lengths) per day. Hence efficient locomotory performance is crucial for their survival. We study the swimming kinematics of krill using a combination of experiment and analysis. We quantify the propulsor kinematics for tethered and freely swimming krill in experiments, and find kinematics that are very nearly metachronal. We then formulate a… CONTINUE READING
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