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Measurements of Swimming Speeds of Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo


Bainbridge1 and Nursall2 have questioned the validity of certain fish swimming speed estimates because these require that either completely laminar flow or very high power factors must be postulated in order to explain the animals' performance. Speeds in excess of 45 km/h are included in this suspect category. Walters3 showed that certain morphological features indicate that scombroid fishes may attain velocities of 10 body-lengths/sec, and the large species should be able to attain maximum speeds considerably in excess of 45 km/h.

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WALTERS, V., FIERSTINE, H. Measurements of Swimming Speeds of Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo. Nature 202, 208–209 (1964).

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