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The Amazing Flying Fish

Flying fish ( Family Exocoetidae) can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable them to glide for considerable distances above the water's surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators.

In 2008, a Japanese television crew filmed a flying fish off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan. The creature spent 45 seconds in flight.  Flying fish can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to cover distances of at least 400 m (1,300 ft). and can travel 43 miles per hour.

Flying Fish


Flying fish can be found in almost all oceans of the world, especially in the tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Flying Fish


Flying Fish



5 comments:

  1. The first time I saw these I was on a trip from St. Lucia to Martinique! They were soooo cool, I loved watching them fly out of the water during the entire trip. It was just magical to me! Thanks for posting!

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  2. Yes! Used to see them off Catalina Island, reminds me of when I was a girl!
    maggie@lulularock.net

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  3. Wow. It looks so much more like a bird!

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  4. Wow so neat! I have seen these before but not up close...thanks for sharing!

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  5. wow so amazing i have not seen before so closely thnx

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