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A bottlenose dolphin exhibits porpoising in the wake of a boat, a behavior that increases the animalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s swimming efficiency. The dolphinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spindle-like body shape, along with other characteristics, continues to inspire marine vessel design. Photo credit: NASA.
According to GrayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paradox, dolphins swim faster than they should be able to. Since Gray, scientists have discovered flaws in the details of the paradox, although some explanations of these creaturesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ aquatic grace have proven to hold more water than others. . . .
Citation: Fish, Frank E. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The myth and reality of GrayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paradox: implication of dolphin drag reduction for technology.Ã¢â‚¬Â Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 1 (2006) R17-R25.