flying fish

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flying fish

a species of fish (Cypselurus californicus) in which the pectoral fins are enlarged and act as aerofoils when the fish leaps out of the water, enabling it to glide up to 50 m, possibly to escape predators.
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Thus, the species belonging to the family Exocoetidae were significantly more consumed on Tenerife and La Gomera than in Chinijo ([G.
Last week, a Mediterranean flying fish, identified as Cheilopogon heterurus, was caught off the coast of Devon The fish is found in tropical and subtropical waters and has been recorded in the Bahamas, Australia and the Meditteranean Some experts blamed global warming for the capture of this fish so far north Although a rare find in UK waters, it was previously recorded even further north in the waters around Denmark and southern Norway The fish, which is a member of the Exocoetidae family, is a type of beloniform needlefish and reaches an adult size of about 40cm It often leaps from the water using propulsion from its powerful tail and 'flies' with the aid of its massively oversized pectoral fins