Nature & Environment
Flying fish can remain aloft for up to 45 seconds
By T.K. Randall
September 14, 2010 · 16 comments
Image Credit: NOAA
A new study in to the behaviour of the flying fish has revealed that it can stay in the air for a staggering 45 seconds.
Flying fish get their name from the fact that they can launch themselves from the water and taxi above the surface for extended periods of time, some can travel for a quarter of a mile and stay aloft for up to 45 seconds.
Previous studies determined that these fish initially swim extremely fast and gain momentum before bursting forth from the water. Once airborne, they glide with their wing-like fins spread out wide, looking very much like a bird or insect. When they need an additional speed boost part-way through their flight, they beat their tails against the water in a motion called taxiing.
Source: Discovery Channel
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