Exocoetidae - flyingfishes

Flying fishes are elongate, slender fishes with large wing-like pectoral fins. They are known to leap out of the water and glide over long distances. Some species have long pelvic fins also, giving them a 4-winged appearance. They are mostly oceanic but may venture nearshore to spawn. Young have been known to enter bays. Juveniles usually differ in appearances from adults, having shorter pectoral fins and variable color patterns. Flyingfishes are sometimes highly prized as food, but few fisheries exist for them because of the difficulty in catching them.