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The oriental flying gurnard is up to 40 centimetres (16 in) in length and is usually a grayish brown color with dark markings. The fish has huge, round pectoral fins having many dark markings and a bright blue edge. The pectoral fins are normally held against the body, but when threatened the fins are expanded in to scare predators which include sea breams and mackerel.Their name is derived from the French word 'gurnard' meaning to grunt, for the grunting sound this fish makes.
This flying gurnard inhabits the Indo-Pacific Oceans at depths up to 100 metres (330 ft). The flying gurnard uses its pelvic fins to walk along the bottom of the ocean. It feeds on bony fish, bivalves, and crustaceans.
I have seen it at more or less 20 m depth.
Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Nov 1, 2012
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