Friday, October 10, 2008

Flying Fish

Flying fish are some of the most amazing organisms in the ocean, and believe me there are lots of amazing creatures in the sea. Flying fish have a very unique defense mechanism for escaping predators. They have found that the best way to avoid other fish in the water is to get out of the water. As their name suggests, flying fish can actually leap out of the water and fly short distances.

Flying fish have very specialized pectoral fins (the fins on their sides) which can actually function as wings. While underwater, they fold the fins close to their bodies so they can swim just like normal fish. When a flying fish feels threatened, it will take a running start and jump out of the water.
Some flying fish have been clocked to fly for over 45 seconds, but most flights are relatively short. Like all fish, flying fish still breathe through gills, and must return to water before they run out of oxygen. Still, that quick flight is plenty of time to escape most predators. As far as most fish are concerned, if their prey leaves the water, it is out of reach.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a very BEAUTIFUL fish i hope i get to see it in REal Life

Anonymous said...

It is an awesome fish i hope i get to see it!
BYe,
Everyone

Anonymous said...

Well, UMmm this fish is....................... WEird
and.............. interesting!
AWWWWEESSOMMEE!!

Anonymous said...

this is wicked and cool! flying fish is my favourite fish in the entire world! you rock with the pictures.

seeya


milco(milton)

Anonymous said...

Lovely shot and what an amazing fish!
Anyone know what the name of that species is? And whether it is found off Australia?

PhilD said...

There are a lot of flying fish in the Gulf of Mexico once you hit blue water. While trolling you'll often see them come out the water just in front of the boat and usually fly just above the surface for a couple hundred feet. Sometimes they will get up to 10-15 feet in the air.

Anonymous said...

i think this fish i cool and freky but i hope i could see it bye

Juddster said...

Just went on a cruise to Roatan from Miami. There were literally thousands of these fish jumping out of the water all the way there and back. Especially cool to see 15 of them take off at once and fly. We really enjoyed watching them on the trip. Juddster

NovaBlogger said...

That must have been a pretty incredible experience. I actually saw a couple myself on a cruise to Cozumel and I was blown away to see fish gliding out of the way of our ship. I can't imagine how it would look to see entire schools taking flight out of the waves.

Anonymous said...

is it eateble? ;)yammy

Rich said...

Glad this came up when I googled "flying fish". My three-year-old was having a hard time conceptualizing a fish that could fly - Thanks for posting this!!

Austin said...

hello i wish i could see some videos of this amazing fish....i am actually writing an essay
this is all really cool and helpful!

ericN said...

Yea, & God gets the credit!

Anonymous said...

Spotted a few today from a boat off the north-east coast of mauritius today (indian ocean), interesting!

Anonymous said...

great info. you answered my 7 and 3 year old kids' question about if these fish can breathe air. thanks!