Flying fish, any of about 40 species of oceanic fishes of the family Exocoetidae (order Atheriniformes), found worldwide in warm waters and noted for their ability to fly. They are all small, attaining a maximum length of about (18 inches), and have winglike, rigid fins and an unevenly forked tail.
A flying fish does not fly, in the sense of flapping its wing-sized fins, but actually glides. The fish builds up speed underwater, swimming toward the surface with its fins folded tightly against its streamlined body. Upon breaking the surface, the fish spreads its enlarged fins and gains additional thrust from rapid beats of the still-submerged tail. When sufficient speed has been attained, the tail is lifted clear of the water and the fish is airborne, gliding a few feet above the surface at a speed of about (10 miles per hour). The fish can make several consecutive glides, the tail propelling it up again each time it sinks back to the surface. The stronger fliers can span as much as (600 feet) in a single glide, and compound glides, timed as long as 43 seconds, may cover (1,300 feet).
Flight for these fishes is primarily a means of escaping predators. Flying fish can attain enough height to carry them onto the decks of ships in their waters, where their remains are frequently discovered at dawn.
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Oct 11, 2021
I love my flying fish! They arrived in great condition. Can't say enough wonderful things about this artist. This is my second purchase. I bought a beautiful yellowfin tuna from him but the Postal Service banged the box up so badly it broke 2 of the 3 hanging hooks off. This Seller went above & beyond to make that right though it was not his fault. I will be ordering more from this great artist and can't wait to hang all the fish up and post a picture. Thanks again for the amazing work!
Jul 27, 2021
They look great next to the fish mount of a sailfish. Very pleased!
Jul 10, 2021
Got this for my Dad for his 74th birthday. He loves it
Jun 25, 2021
Purchased three flying fish and a MahiMahi to chase them. Excellent quality on both items. Highly recommend JD Art Metal Designs.
Jun 14, 2021