A flying fish leaping out of the sea

Flying fish

Flying fish actually glide rather than truly fly. They launch themselves into the air by beating the tail very fast and spreading their pectoral fins to use as wings. There are 52 different species of flying fish which are found in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Scientific name: Exocoetidae

Rank: Family

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Distribution

The Flying fish can be found in a number of locations including: Mediterranean. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Flying fish distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Behaviours

Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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