Leaping Marine Springtails
Springtails, Collembola, are typically soil-dwelling arthropods that are characterized by a specialized organ called a collophore. The collophore is spring-loaded and allows springtails to pop high into the air. The marine springtail, however, lives in tide pools and lacks a collophore. Instead, marine springtails use the surface tension of water to pull water upwards and then release the water bubble, springing themselves into the air.