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These Mini “Circus Performers” Jump 150 Times Faster Than The Blink Of An Eye!

A two-photo collage. The first shows two springtails, one jumping mid-air. The second is a close up of a spring tail crawling on a leaf.

Insects aren’t known for being the cutest animals in the world. Still, there’s something about the insect-like creatures called springtails that make them an exception. If you’ve ever been near a body of water you’ve likely been around one. Whether or not you’ve seen one, though, is another story.

These little guys, who are around one to five millimeters long, frequently move around at high speeds – 150 times faster than the blink of an eye, to be more exact. But it’s not speed alone that makes the springtails notable. Rather, it’s how they get around. According to Deep Dive, a science video series on YouTube, they use tail-like appendages to jump off of a water’s surface at shocking heights and distances.

They do this in order to get away from danger as quickly as possible. And, in doing so, end up looking like tiny circus performers – and impressive ones at that! If we were able to do the same thing, we’d be jumping as high as a six-story building!

Watch their impressive performance in the video below.

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