1. Certain fishes can fly. You have thought that birds and insects
are the only animals able to fly. Flying fishes live in the ocean. They
swim near the surface of the water in large schools or companies.
2. Sometimes in sport, sometimes to escape some enemy, they
spring out of the water, spread their fins and fly, skip, or sail through
the air. The flight of a flying fish ends in a fall with a splash.
3. When these fish are in the air, they look like large dragon flies.
They are blue on top and silvery underneath. When a ship is passing
through a school of them they spring up into the air as grasshoppers
in a meadow. You can hear the humming of their long fins which
are set like the wings of an airplane. They often fly across the deck
of a ship and the sailors catch them with their caps.
4. A flying fish has four fins coming out of its shoulders. These
fins look very strong and are almost as long as the fish.
5. Flying fishes lay their eggs in the sea. The young fish which
are not bigger than grasshoppers, live in the seaweed and dart up
and down the walks of the sea gardens. They live on small animals
and smaller fish of the sea.
6. Flying fishes have many enemies such as sharks, whales, and
other large fish. In order to escape these foes they have developed
the power to leave the water and sail for a short distance through
the air. It seems strange to think of a fish flying, but this is one of
the many ways Nature provides for the protection of her creatures.