“We filmed elephants [...] showing that they can use suction to grab food, performing a behavior that was previously thought to be restricted to fishes.”
Elephants also have the biggest nostrils of all the animals this team has studied, implying, they also have the best suction ability.
However, the study team suggests pigs could possibly suction up very small objects as well.
To lift up a tortilla chip with your nostrils, your nose would have to get very close — within 0.4 millimeters — of the chip. (Maybe don’t try this at home).
It’s possible we can harness elephants’ unique suction ability and benefit humans, the study team writes. Roboticists could use these findings to develop better machines that use suction technology.