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Juvenile Two-wing Flyingfish

Exocoetus volitans


This is a juvenile Tropical Two-wing Flyingfish - Exocoetus volitans of the family Exocoetidae. Size around 5-10 cm, it showed up at night behind our Boat to feed on planktons. They are capable of leaping out of water and gliding above surface for long distance easily 100 meters or further!


Widespread in tropical and subtropical zones of all oceans.


Pic#1 is a much smaller juvenile feeding on planktons near the surface and I was able to get a surface reflection shot. Pic#2 is a bigger juvenile, around 10 cm.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations !

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Hema :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

simply amazing! Great work! Congrats!

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Daniele & PN for the 1st place :)

Thanks too, @remkinloch, @Felix and @Leana :)

Congratulations Albert!

remkinloch 6 years ago

Fantastic photo and well deserving of first place.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Awesome! Great photography! Congrats.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert, your Juvenile Two-wing Flying Fish is the winner of our 2017 Best Wildlife Photo competition, Fish category:



AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Polilla for your kind comments and support :)

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks again, @Daniele.
I posted more reflection pics of the same fish at my Facebook, the reflections were mostly more distorted as compared to Pic#1. I was even able to get nearly a double reflection but it wasn't as nice due to the distortion.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your reply Albert! I had read your notes hence my question. I realize now the surface distortion makes the whole reflection look quite different. it's a beautiful image.

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Hi @Daniele, I explained in the Notes section of the post that it is just one fish with reflection. As it was feeding near the surface, and when you point your camera upward with a relatively calm/flat sea, you can get very good reflection like a mirror. You can observed the top 'fish' is a reflection with some distortion on the pectoral fins, caused by the 'uneven' surface.

The brownish red thing to the left of the picture is a plankton, again with reflection effect :D

I was very happy to have the opportunity to take this reflection shots and I posted several others at my FB page.


DanielePralong 7 years ago

Great snaps Albert! Do you actually have one or two different fish on the first shot?

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @Felix, @BonnieLewis and @Joseph :)

Good shot!

BonnieLewis 7 years ago

Wow! Nice shot!

AlbertKang 7 years ago

Thanks, @InesVeloso :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 years ago

Great spotting, Albert!

InêsVeloso 7 years ago

great pictures!

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Gaafu Dhaalu, Maldives

Spotted on Mar 8, 2017
Submitted on Apr 4, 2017

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