Seahorse tail square: How their unique tails power movement and robotics (VIDEO).

Seahorses’ Tails Are Square, Not Round—and That Makes Them Exceptional Animals (Video)

Seahorses’ Tails Are Square, Not Round—and That Makes Them Exceptional Animals (Video)

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July 14 2015 7:59 AM

Squared

The exceptional power of the seahorse’s tail.

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Tails in the animal kingdom are typically round: see monkeys, cats, and lizards, to name a few. Not so with the seahorse. To better understand the shape of the unique creature’s tail, scientists printed out 3-D replicas of both square and round tails … and then smashed them with a mallet.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.