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No one, including the girls who shot the video, could have imagined what they were about to see

Digital writers

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 5:09 PM -

In the video below, two young women take on a canoe ride towards an unspecified island. But little did they know, that this would turn out to be anything but an ordinary ride on the river (wait until about 25 seconds in):  

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What you just saw is known as murmuration. While the process is complicated, on a basic level it is when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of starling birds turn and twist as a single entity. 

It’s not hard for a starling to turn when its neighbour turns — but what physiological mechanisms allow it to happen almost simultaneously in two birds separated by hundreds of feet and hundreds of other birds? That remains to be discovered. 

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