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Flying fish can remain aloft for up to 45 seconds

By T.K. Randall
September 14, 2010 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (16)


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Comment icon #7 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
They couldquite possibly evolve a new breathing apparatus. I mentioned HUMID coastal areas. Perhaps as long as they keep flying, enough humid air could allow them to breathe. They'd need to constantly fly, and would probably look like fast moving hummingbirds. Again, all just speculation. Well, I can imagine that some changes in their swimming bladder could enable them to use it as sort of a lung. The swim bladder, also known as the air bladder or gas bladder, is a crucial organ for many fish. In addition to helping fish adjust their density within the water, the swim bladder also enables cert... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by zenfahr 13 years ago
hey it has happend many times.... think about all the animals on earth... at some point, some fish started to walk on dry land. At some point those animals that walked learned to glide on the air. So these fish think that they are special, that they dont have to learn to walk first... psssf. some peoples kids.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Wreck7 13 years ago
Zebco will have to come out with new line of shotguns to fish with.
Comment icon #10 Posted by J4yD0r 13 years ago
Many things. Predators. Overfishing. Pollution in the ocean making those who remain in it cancerous and sickly. Resources out of the sea that are better than those within. Competition from jellyfish. Seriously, tons of possible phenomenon could force this evolution. It would have to be a phenomenon that occurs over a very extended period of time. Competition from Jellyfish and pollution are the only possibilities that I could see from what you suggested. I just can`t see that huge a rise in predatory marine life populations over such a wide area for that long as a viable way to force a change ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Druidus-Logos 13 years ago
It would have to be a phenomenon that occurs over a very extended period of time. Competition from Jellyfish and pollution are the only possibilities that I could see from what you suggested. I just can`t see that huge a rise in predatory marine life populations over such a wide area for that long as a viable way to force a change like that. Overfishing doesn`t seem right either...I could see a looooot of fish getting pwned by birds if fish took to the air, and it doesn`t make sense for an animal to evolve so it can go from being over-hunted in one area to being over-hunted in another I know; ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by J4yD0r 13 years ago
Multi-post? I know; you're quite right. I never said that current conditions or enviroments would cause this. We ARE talking about potential futures right? I'm not saying it WILL happen, just that it could, and, IMO, it is likely. This is all just speculation. I`m not saying it will happen either, it`s just that I think it`s un-likely. BTW, it's not only my opinion. I recently looked up the idea and found that it was featured in a book and TV show on Discovery, called, I believe, "The Future is Wild". They depict coastal "flish", as they call them, and interior flish. A team of scientists who ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Druidus-Logos 13 years ago
Multi-post? lol, evidently. I didn't do that, I don't know how it happened, lol. This is all just speculation. I`m not saying it will happen either, it`s just that I think it`s un-likely. Of course. But it's only unlikely because of current conditions. And they can change, violently and unpredictably. In reality, none of us are in any position to say what is evolutionarily unlikely, not really. Yes, obviously The climate is changing faster than most think, and IMO there isn`t enough time for flying bird populations to decline as much as you`re suggesting before fish would have reason to take t... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by booNyzarC 13 years ago
45 seconds? That's more hang time than MJ... have any NBA recruiters been by the aquarium?
Comment icon #15 Posted by zven 12 years ago
flying fish is what we have for lunch, dinner every other day..in 1990's we catch a 700 kios of flying fish near our town in bagac philippines, its a common source of income there.. but today the fish is rarely to be found due to .. i think over fishing.. by the way the there are many kinds of flying fish
Comment icon #16 Posted by Venonat 12 years ago
Incredible! Awesome thread, thanks!


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