Baby starfish whip up whirlpools to snag a meal

starfish larva making vorticies

LUNCH BUFFET Swirling whirlpools are created by a starfish larva, shown in this time-lapse image. These vortices provide the larva with a conveyor belt of food, sucking in algae. Small beads suspended in water create trails showing fluid flow.

W. Gilpin, V.N. Prakash, M. Prakash/Nature Physics 2016

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