How fast can flying fish fly?
The fish don’t actually fly — in the sense of flapping their wing-size pectoral fins — but instead glide. In preparing for flight, the “four-winged” flying fish swims fast to the surface, fins folded tightly against its body. When it breaks the surface, it spreads its “wings” and glides a few feet above the water at a speed of about 10 mph. The stronger fliers can cover about 200 yards in a single glide and can extend their flight with a sculling motion of the tail fin. Compound glides may cover a quarter of a mile.