Exocoetidae – the flying fish

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Exocoetidae, commonly called Flying Fish, is a family of fishes aptly named for their ability to emerge out of the water and glide for long distances.

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Once in the air, these fishes can glide over considerable distances, typically around 50 meters, but some fishes have been recorded to fly up to 200 meters or more.

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Flying fish is commercially fished in Asian countries such as Japan, Vietnam and China, including the Caribbean where it’s a coveted delicacy. In Japanese cuisine, the fish is used to make some types of sushi, while Tao people of Taiwan usually use it as a staple in the diet.

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