“Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” The Harrowing Flight of the Flying Fish.

by Owen James Burke

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Above, a mahi mahi (aka dorado or dolphinfish) gives a flying fish the fright of its life. Screenshot from the BBC video below.

Flying fish (family Exocoetidae) can glide for hundreds of yards to dodge predatory fish like mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) from below, but when the frigate birds arrive, they’re merely out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Spend too much time in the air or catch a lift, and you’re literally sitting prey. Linger beneath the waves where mahi mahi–which can swim at speeds of over 50 miles per hour, are never far behind and, well, either way, you’re SOL.

Sir David Attenborough narrates the chase below.

–OJB

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