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Fishy Facts

General Facts

  • They have been on our earth for more than 450 million years, even before the dinosaurs started to roam around.
  • There are about 40 known species of the flying fish, which is a fish with thin wings. These wings allow it to jump and glide in a way that it seems like it is flying, but in fact it is not.
  • The flying fish is capable of continuing its flight, they have been recorded stretching out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).
  • Some fish can swim backwards.
  • The diet of the flying fish mainly consists of small crustaceans and planktons. 
  • Stingrays use electric sensors to find food. This enables it to find its prey even if it is burried in the sand.
  • The flying fish are attracted to light. This habit allows fishermen to catch them easily.
  • At night many Parrotfish secrete and then sleep inside a mucous cocoon. This cocoon protects it from parasites and snails, also helps it warn about the presence of predators and adds a horrible taste and smell to the parrot fish thus keeping the predators at a safe distance.
  • Some fish species are able to change their sex. Clown fish is a classic example of this, they are all born males and the dominant males change their sex during the course of life.

ID: 30 Revised: 6/6/2013

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