Can flying fish really fly?


Flying Fish:

  • Flying fishes are also referred to as flying cod sometimes.
  • The scientific name for a flying fish is “Exocoetidae”.
  • Flying Fish belongs to the phylum Chordata and order beloniformes.
  • Flying fishes are mostly found in the region of tropical and subtropical region of warm waters.
  • They are mostly found to live in the top most layer of ocean termed as epipelagic zone.
  • Epipelagic zone generally covers the area from the surface of the water till the depth of 200 meters that is equal to 650 feet.

Do Flying Fish really Fly?

  • No, flying fish does not really fly as given the name. Instead, it just leaps forward with a great speed causing it to be misunderstood as the fly.
  • It is not possible for a flying fish to fly like a bird, yet it is found to make a powerful self-propelled gliding above the surface if sea with its wings like fins.
  • The reason for a flying fish to glide is basically to avoid underwater predators. However, flying outside the water can cause them vulnerable to land predators.
  • Flying fish has fully broadened neural arches along with rigid and sturdy vertebral column helping it in taking the flight.
  • On an average, the flight of flying fish are said to be measured approx. 50 meter, and they can fly at the speed of 70 km/hr.

Fun Facts:

  1. Maximum altitude achieved by the flying fish above the surface level of water is said to be around 6 meters.
  2. According to studies, there are about 64 species of flying fish around the World.
  3. The largest known species of flying fish is known as California Flying Fish.

Related Questions:

  1. Who all are the predators of flying fish?
  2. What is the diet if flying fish?
  3. Write about the zones of ocean.

True or False:

  1. Flying Fish belong to the phylum Chordata.
  2. Flying fish can fly just like the bird.
  3. Flying Fish are found in almost all regions.
  4. The top most regions of ocean water is said to be epipelagic zone.
  5. Gliding of flying fish is same as the flying of a bird.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Flying Fish is also said as _______.
    1. Flying Cod.
    2. Flying Fin.
    3. Flying Fran.
    4. All of the above.
  2. Flying Fish glides outside the water to _____.
    1. Escape from predators.
    2. Absorb sunlight.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  3. Epipelagic zone is the ________ of Ocean.
    1. Top most layer.
    2. Second most layer.
    3. Last layer.
    4. Second last layer.
  4. Flying Fish can be found in ________.
    1. Tropical region if warm water.
    2. Subtropical region of warm water.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  5. epipelagic zone cover ______.
    1. Twi hundred feet from the surface.
    2. Three hundred feet from the surface.
    3. Four hundred feet from the surface.
    4. One hundred feet from the surface.

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