Lose Yourself In The Hypnotic, Fluid-Like Flight Patterns Of Starlings
Mar 4, 2015
Scientists are truly fascinated by how quickly and accurately information is transferred. The starlings are essentially playing a game of telephone, but unlike us, their message never gets comically garbled. Studies show that each starling plays telephone with their seven closest neighbors, and can somehow simultaneously process all seven messages flawlessly. In this way, any new information is passed along the whole flock almost.
A flock of starlings is called a "murmuration." Remarkably, a murmuration has the ability to change direction instantly, and every member reacts to any change in speed or direction by any other member regardless of how far apart they might be.