Talk:Flying fish

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Flyingfish use this ability to escape predators (they can't see beyond the water's surface).

Who can't see, the flyingfish or the predators? AxelBoldt 20:21, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

Always? I think they also have playful jumping too. They jump in and out of the water in schools similar to how dolphins do. CaribDigita 02:52, 7 February 2006 (UTC)
I think 'escaping predators' isn't really an incentive to evolve the ability to glide for 40 seconds (!) , is it? Information on the evolutionary background would be a good addition, I think. Junuxx (talk) 04:05, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
If something were stalking me with the intent to kill and eat me, I would think that the ability to essentially disappear for up to 45 seconds, then reappear hundreds of feet away, would be an extremely useful survival trait.Ormewood (talk) 16:21, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
From How and why do flying fish fly? by John Davenport in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
"Flying fish probably fly mainly to escape from predators, particularly dolphin-fishes (Coryphaena hippurus) and ommastrephid squid."
Jake (talk) 00:29, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

"Some accounts have them landing on ships' decks." I can assure you they do. On a navy destroyer with freeboard of 8 to 10 feet the deck each morning was littered with dozens of flying fish when we cruised the tropical Pacific. You could hear them smack the side of the hull during the night. User:Dbryant 94560 —Preceding undated comment added 04:24, 2 October 2010 (UTC).

Here is evidence of one that landed on the deck of a ship. Also a very good picture of a specimen. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:1948:212:FE80:D152:C2A:5A94:99A7 (talk) 02:51, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Tobiko roe?[edit]

The roe of which species is most commonly served as "tobiko" in sushi restaurants?--Sonjaaa 18:41, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Probably the Japanese flying fish, Cheilopogon agoo. I'll see if I can add it. =Axlq 04:50, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

"Flying" fish[edit]

I have to say, even though someone reverted the link (and rightly so), that this video is amazing: "Flying fish" indeed (but wrong species). It's the most effortless fishing I've ever seen. I wonder what kind of fish they are? =Axlq 01:24, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Link is broken.Ormewood (talk) 01:46, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Picture of Flying fish[edit]

Hey, there is a real picture of a "flying fish" flying! Here is the link, can anyone please upload it to wikipedia please, : —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mmuak (talkcontribs) 17:47, 18 December 2006 (UTC).

Well, two issues here: One, there's no picture of a fish on this page, just a picture of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and two, the article in question is talking about Asian carp, which are just able to leap out of the water for a fair distance. They aren't flying fish, and aren't related to them.Ormewood (talk) 01:42, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Road to Mandalay[edit]

Rudyard Kipling once wrote of "the road to Mandalay/Where the flying fishes play/ And the (something)(something) China 'cross the bay"...Okay, so his geography was a bit off (Mandalay being in inland Myanmar/Burma and China being much, much further inland from that point, while flying fish are marine types of fish) but all the unrest in Burma reminded me of that poem. 00:13, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

What is the weight of a flying fish?[edit]

I have no idea of the weight of a flying fish so if anyone knows can they please tell me?! PLEASE!!!!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:09, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Sizes???????????? Weird article with no measurements at all! --SergeWoodzing (talk) 18:16, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

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Santa Catalina Island[edit]

Santa Catalina Island off California is famous for flying fish and should be mentioned. Flying fish are mentioned in the Wikipedia article about Catalina, so it makes sense to include that species in this article. They are a big part of the tourist business there, so arguably are more important to Catalina than they are to Barbados.Lmonteros (talk) 00:58, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Temporal range[edit]

Updated 'Temporal range' template in taxobox, per Revision as of 20:01, 31 October 2012 by User:Epipelagic ~E: (talk) 05:44, 2 November 2012 (UTC) Undo, pending more info ~E: (talk) 06:05, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Dead Link[edit]

Reference 8 is a dead link.Jeff 02:05, 6 May 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeffluo1011 (talkcontribs)


Malik.138 (talk) 23:35, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

How and Why do Flying Fish fly?

• Why flying fish need this adaptation, and how the environment plays a factor.

• How the wings (fins) actually evolved, most of the information on this page just describes the wings.

• The modified wings and how it compares to current aerodynamics.


  1. ^ Lewallen, E. A., Pitman, R. L., Kjartanson, S. L., & Lovejoy, N. R. (2010). Molecular Systematics Of Flyingfishes (Teleostei: Exocoetidae): Evolution In The Epipelagic Zone. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society,.