Marine Animal Encyclopedia
Atlantic Flyingfish Cheilopogon heterurus
Also known as the Mediterranean flyingfish, this species is distinguished by its very large, winglike pectoral and pelvic fins. If a predator, such as a tuna, attacks from below, the Atlantic flyingfish will beat its powerful forked tail rapidly, spread its “wings” at the last moment, and lift clear of the surface away from danger. The fish continues to beat its tail even in mid-flight and it can remain airborne for over 330 ft (100 m). The Atlantic flyingfish is edible, but is not commercially exploited.