Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Flying fish

When I named this blog "Flycatcher" it didn't occur to me that I might someday have a photo of a flying fish to post here. But I just returned from a trip to Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands off southern California, and brought back this photo. Not only was this sighting a surprise to me, even the local naturalists are surprised to find these fish so far north this early in the year. Apparently the water is warmer than usual. I don't know the name of this fish, but it was a remarkable "flyer." Some of the flights (glides, actually) must have approached 200 ft. in length.


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