Saturday, Dec 25, 2010
Some remarkable footage of a flying fish has been captured by a TV crew filming off the southern tip of Japan... The fish was completely airborne for 45 seconds. This beats one previous, impressive report from an American researcher in the 1920s of 42 seconds.
According to Junji Yonezawa, at the Center for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Outlying Islands, the animal's flight-time of 45 seconds must be close to its physical limit, as brachial respiration is impossible while moving through the air.
There are some 40 species of "flying fish" in the family known as Exocoetidae. The animals are found worldwide in warmer waters.
Their flight ability comes from a glide rather than a powered flapping.
Fast flying fish glides by ferry, BBC, May 20, 2008, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7410421.stm.