Flying fish, one of the most amazing fishes

In one of our older posts, we wrote about Electric Eel, the fish that generates electric current. Today, we are going to write a post on the flying fish, the fish that can fly like birds over the water.

flying fish

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From the name of this fish it is very easy to note the main feature that makes it completely unique. This fish is able to fly out of the water and go to another place. This is the mechanism that is used in order to run away from vicious predators.

How they fly

In order to accomplish this, the fish has fins which are shaped like the wings of a bird. At the beginning of the flight, this fish wags its tail up to seventy times per second in order to help it come out of the water. Then it also lifts its wings upwards in readiness for the flight. Once it is out of the water it now flaps its wings to lead the rest of the way. When it is ready to dive back into the water it just folds its wings and the mission is accomplished. But in some cases, it might decode to change its course. This is usually done by lowering the tail in the water and moving it in line with the kind of motion to be achieved.

Where they found

The flying fish is not found in any rivers around the globe. Actually it is found in the oceans. But it usually prefers areas that have warmer waters around the oceans. History has it that the Barbados was termed as the land of the flying fish. Therefore, even today, this fish can still be found around there. But later on, this fish migrated for some reason. Therefore at the moment, it is found in the waters around Venezuela and the other surrounding areas. Interestingly, Barbados has taken advantage of the presence of this fish in its waters by making thorough use of it. Thus is has naturally been depicted as a symbol of national pride. On some coins other national engravings and paintings, this fish has been drawn with its wings. This fish has thus even been used thoroughly in the tourism industry.

5 Responses to Flying fish, one of the most amazing fishes
    October 16, 2012 | 8:13 pm

    Eeil fish is very pretty fish flying well so attract towards everybody but dangerous fish that it kills the victim within a second by electric current…………………

  2. jamie
    November 2, 2012 | 7:07 am

    Use to see them on boat from California mainland to Catalina island. I would have to say they glide mor than fly. There is no flapping, they pop out of water and glide for fairly long distance, hundred feet or so…

  3. clary
    December 18, 2012 | 8:17 pm

    i saw them on a cruise from kochin to lakshadweep…there were so many of them!!

  4. Rani
    December 24, 2012 | 4:35 pm


  5. Adam
    January 18, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    I’ve seen them all over the north coast of Australia. Really amazing.

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