Dynamics of the aerial maneuvers of spinner dolphins

@article{Fish2006DynamicsOT,
  title={Dynamics of the aerial maneuvers of spinner dolphins},
  author={Frank E. Fish and Anthony J. Nicastro and Daniel Weihs},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={209},
  pages={590 - 598}
}
SUMMARY The spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) performs spectacular leaps from the water while rotating around its longitudinal axis up to seven times. Although twisting of the body while airborne has been proposed as the mechanism to effect the spin, the morphology of the dolphin precludes this mechanism for the spinning maneuver. A mathematical model was developed that demonstrates that angular momentum to induce the spin was generated underwater, prior to the leap. Subsurface… 
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