Friday Flashback – Malolo

Today’s Friday Flashback is from March 24th 2014 and is entitled ‘Malolo‘. One of 40 species worldwide of ‘flying’ fish, this little beauty is from the exotic waters of Hawaii.

Original Text: “Have you ever heard of the expression ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’? Well that’s quite often the situation these fish find themselves in. Hawaiian Flying Fish, known locally as Malolo, leap from the water to avoid predators, but quite often can find a hungry seabird such as an albatross, noddy or booby waiting to snatch them up. Like the afore mentioned birds, Malolo sail on air currents, but they don’t actually fly. They use their pectoral fins to create lift on updrafts to enable them to glide up to 6 metres high off the surface of the water and can even tilt their pecs for steerage left and right. They usually average around 40 or 50 metres during a 30 to 40 second flight, but some flying fish – there are over 40 different species worldwide, have been known to cover distances of 400 metres in up to 45 seconds of flight.

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