Friday, January 21, 2011

Flying Fish

Flying Fish are not technically "flyers" like birds, but they are gliders. They accelerate underwater to speeds of up to 43 miles per hour by flapping their tails. Once they leap from the water, they spread their fins to gain lift using updrafts off the water's swell, and are known to glide over 600 feet in the air. It's very handy when trying to escape the jaws of a huge Swordfish or Marlin.

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