Humpback Fins to Save the Planet & Solve our Energy Crisis
The humpback whale has the largest appendage of any animal on earth. Their massive 5m long pectoral fins give these gigantic animals amazing levels of manoeuvrability for an animal of their size. This is an essential ability, as the schools of tiny prey that sustain them require complex tight turns to gather and munch them, a few tons at a time!
This research was then further developed by researchers at the US Naval Academy, who found that biomimetic fins modeled off the humpbacks reduced drag by a third and improved lift by 30%. They suggested that this could lead to “more-stable aeroplane designs, submarines with greater agility, and turbine blades that can capture more energy from wind or water.”