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Body Armor: Inspired By Arapaima Fish

23. Body Armor: Inspired By Arapaima Fish

The US military is back again on the list, and this time, it’s the US airforce that’s taking design inspiration from a formidable fish! The Arapaima fish usually live in Piranha-infested waters, and they protect themselves not by swimming very fast (they’re quite slow swimmers), but thanks to their tough-as-steel skin.

This impenetrable type of skin has evolved over millions of years to protect the Arapaima against sharp-toothed predators such as the Piranhas. Understanding the value of such a discovery, the US military lost no time in using this amazing technique to design indestructible bodysuits, tough airplanes, and much more for their defense!
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