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A Fish Can Fly?

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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You know that airplanes and birds fly, but did you know there is a species of fish that can fly? In the book called The Amazing World of Flyingfish by Steve N.G. Howell, readers learn about flyingfish — what they are, how they fly, what they look like, and where to see one.

flying fish 2If you are lucky enough to be on a boat traveling through warm salt water, you may have the chance to see flyingfish for yourself. You have to look fast though, because these fish are quick! They are one of the few marine creatures that can swim underwater and then launch themselves up, gliding along the sea surface and flying above. You may have seen dolphins or whales come out of the water, but their heavy weight does not give them the chance to travel long in the air before being forced back underwater. The longest recorded flight of a flyingfish was 45 seconds. Their flights can cover up to a quarter mile in total distance — that’s longer than the 400 yard dash you do in gym! Flyingfish often travel at speeds of 20-40 miles per hour.

The most common color of flyingfish is silver with blue on top, and a white belly that offers some protection from predators. However, these fish can be all different colors, including pink, and purple, and have black and yellow wings!

Steve N.G. Howell, the author of the book, is a senior leader with WINGS, an international bird tour company, who spent years traveling around Earth’s oceans. If you want to learn more about flyingfish, this book explains everything about them in detail and provides 90 photographs. It’s a great book to expand your knowledge of the ocean and what lives in it.

By Melissa McMahon


Video on flyingfish and some flyingfish facts

  • Baby flyingfish are called “smurfs” and have 1-inch wingspans — and they can still fly.
  • While we may think of flyingfish as tropical fish, they can be seen as far north as New England and Nova Scotia.
  • Flyingfish face predators from above (boobies and frigatebirds) and below (fast-swimming tuna and dolphins)
  • Flyingfish also face human predators—they are regularly fished and their eggs (known as tobiko) are used in sushi.
  • They are nicknamed “ocean butterflies.”



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