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How fish feel the flow

Hair-like sensors are suspected to aid fish navigation in complex environments. Laboratory experiments and computational simulations reveal how these sensors can detect water flow to direct the swimming responses of fish. See Letter p.445

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Figure 1: Flow-based navigation.


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Dabiri, J. How fish feel the flow. Nature 547, 406–407 (2017).

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