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Eggs are buoyant: oviparous fish

The eggs of many fish are buoyant due to the presence of discrete oil droplets within each egg.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"These fish eggs, equally supported by water on all sides, have retained an almost pure spherical form, and so have the tiny oil droplets inside them, used to make the eggs buoyant." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:20)
About the inspiring organism
Chordata
Chordata

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Buoyancy devices for rafts and PFDs, buoyancy controls for shipping and diving applications.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Safety, shipping, diving

References
Foy, Sally; Oxford Scientific Films. 1982. The Grand Design: Form and Colour in Animals. Lingfield, Surrey, U.K.: BLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London. 238 p.
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