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Flying Fish

The Flying Fish or Exocoetidae gets its name from its ability to actually take flight right out of the water. This fish has been captured "flying" out of the water for a full 45 seconds on video! There are over 50 species of flying fish and this fish is quite common in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean. The Flying Fish's large pectoral fins allows this fish to evade predators by exploding out of the ocean and into the air. These fish have been know to reach speeds of over 60 mph and travel over 1300' in one glide. The maximum size for one of these fish is about 1-1/2'. The Flying Fish feeds mostly on plankton floating about.Like some other fish, the Flying Fish is attracted to light which makes them very easy to catch. Here is the video of the 45 second flight...

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