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Old 22 January 2013, 10:12   #11
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They jump to get away from something below the surface that wants to eat them, flying fish have evolved it to a whole new level
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Old 22 January 2013, 10:25   #12
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poor flying fish

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They jump to get away from something below the surface that wants to eat them, flying fish have evolved it to a whole new level
The poor flying fish get it from all angles!

They have very large pectoral fins, which they use to glide after jumping out of the water to escape danger, and on a calm sea i have seen them glide in excess of 250 metres.

However in some places, South China sea for example, the gannets have learnt that the flying fish jump and fly out of the way of ships, so the gannets hover over the bow of the ship, using the updraught caused by the ship, and as soon as they see a flying fish gliding they swoop down and try to catch it in flight, which they sometimes manage, so they get attaked from above and below!

I have also seen dolphins scaring flying fish toward the ship if we are anchored, the flying fish flies, and smacks into the side of the ship, usually stuns itself, and then along comes Mr dolphin to pick up his easy meal!

it's a wonder there are any left!

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Was on a night dive in the Channel Islands (California; not your UK Channels), and had to wait for a third diver to get ready. My buddy Steve and I were lounging in the water listening to the sea lions chasing the flying fish, when one went by my head and smacked Steve in the mouth. I probably should have gone to help him, but I was laughing too hard. He was bleeding from upper and lower lips, with a stunned fish next to him until the sea lion took it.

The next night I hit him in the chest with a lobster from about 30 feet. He didn't have much luck with wildlife on that trip.

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