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Atlantic flyingfish
(Cheilopogon melanurus)
walrus
Description
They have a cylindrical body, a large tail and pectoral fins that they use for flight. Atlantic flyingfish are generally green to blue dorsally, and white or silver ventrally. To fly, they jump out of the water, use their pectoral fins to catch air currents and provide lift, and beat their tail back and forth to provide thrust. After reaching a speed of 30 km/h, they can jump out of the water and glide about 9 to 39 ft.
Dimensions
They average between 9 to 12 inches.
Diet
They feed mainly on plankton.
Habitat & Range
Flying fish are tropical and temperate marine species that can be seen off of both U.S. coasts. They are found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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