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November 18, 2011 / MMasing

From Ocean to Plate.

Hello Everybody,
Today I asked: first word on your mind is….
And this is what I got:….flying fish.
Indeed.. so todays post is about flying fish, how random.
For the information needed I went to our best friend again,
also called Wikipedia, to find a reasonable definition:
“Exocoetidae, is a family of marine fish in
the order Beloniformes of class Actinopterygii.
Fish of this family are known as flying fish.
There are about 64 species grouped in seven to nine genera.”
And now we all understood.. ehmm, no..
Well, let me see if I can explain a bit more then.
Flying fish are fish with big fins. See? Wasn’t that hard at all.
These fish live in all of the oceans around the tropical and subtropical waters.
Meaning: they don’t like the cold.. Agreed on that one.
Their large fins makes them able to
escape predators in an unexpected way.
Which already got expected since we
already know the fish flies now.
For if you didn’t yet: Yes people, the fish flies.
Flying fish can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to cover distances of 400 meters, 1,300 feet,
they can travel at speeds over the 70 kilometers per hour, 43 miles per hour, and their maximum altitude is 6 meters, 20 feet, above the sea surface. For a flying fish to take of it moves its talk up to 70 times per second.
Yea.. quite a lot, isn’t it?
But, as always, fish aren’t only in oceans, they are also on plates!
Flying fish are popular in Japan, Vietnam, Barbados,
Indonesia, Taiwan, Orchid Islands, Solomon Islands and India.
Flying fish are known in all the cuisine
of all the countries above given,
mostly served after drying made
into some types of sushi known as tobiko.
Tobiko means flying fish in Japanese.
You also got tobiko caviar.
In Barbados flying fish is even
a part of the Barbados’ national dish,
known as cou-cou and flying fish.
Mostly flying fish are caught by the gillnetting method or by dipnetting.
Sometimes the fish are caught while flying by using nets held from outrigger canoes.
Flying fish are attracted to the light of torches which the fish see as moonlight.
Fishers can therefore only fish for flying fish when there is no moonlight.
Meaning a new moon or just a clouded evening or night.
Still not too easy to catch then…
                                                                        …not even for us “more advanced predators”.

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