https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_fish

The Exocoetidae are a family of marine ray-finned fish in the order Beloniformes, known colloquially as flying fish or flying cod. About 64 species are grouped in seven genera. While they cannot fly in the same way a bird does, flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of the water where their long wing-like fins enable gliding for considerable distances above the water’s surface. The main reason for this behavior is thought to be to escape from underwater predators,[3][4][5] which include swordfish, mackerel, tuna, and marlin, among others,[6] though their periods of flight expose them to attack by avian predators such as frigate birds.

  • Uncle
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    353 months ago

    Millions of years ago, the flying fish ancestors sees his cousin crawl out of the ocean and walk on land for the first time.

    Says “Yeah? You think that’s cool? Hold my beer”

  • @pigup@lemmy.world
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    233 months ago

    I didn’t believe these were real until I saw several generic gray fish literally fly out of the water by flapping their wings??? It was in the Atlantic Ocean. They’re really fast too.

  • Draconic NEO
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    3 months ago

    I’ve never seen one up close before, it’s interesting how much their fins look like feathers, though it shouldn’t be that surprising given their purpose.