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9 surprising animals that fly

Oct. 22, 2010, 12:48 p.m.
Flying fish

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Flying fish

There are more than 60 species of flying fishes of the family Exocoetidae. These incredible fishes have evolved the ability to leap out of the water and glide through the air to escape underwater predators.

Some flying fish have been recorded maintaining flight for at least 45 seconds (see the incredible video of the record flight here). Some other types of fish, like the freshwater hachetfish, actually beat their pectoral fins like wings when they leap out of the water, and are capable of achieving momentary lift.