10 Most Incredible Animal Gliders on Earth

Gliders 10Photo: Haplochromis

Flying may have its benefits, but for most animals it’s not an option – meaning that gliding is the way to go. However, don’t be fooled by their names as none of the following can really fly!

Gliders 9Photo: smichal

1. Flying fish

Found in all oceans, flying fish use their oversized pectoral fins to glide for 50 meters above the water when threatened by a predator. To reach the air, flying fish rapidly flap their tailfins 70 times per second. The tailfin is also used to press against the water to allow the fish multiple glides through the air before descending into the ocean. Flying fish can increase their airborne time by gliding with air and ocean currents.

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