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( Exocoetus Volitans )
inscribed on the page in ink ‘upper part of the wing of a flying fish that flew on board HM Sloop Zebra July 2nd 1829 Latitude 1˚ 27` N Longitude 18˚ 6` W’
Size : 23 cm high, 18.5 cm wide – 9 ins high, 7¼ ins wide
Ex Robert Hales collection
cf See Finch and Co catalogue no. 4, item no. 105, for a collection of 29 carved Pitcairn flying fish
This species of flying fish glides above the water on two pectoral fins. They use this technique to escape predators such as dolphins, billfish and tuna and can achieve speeds of up to 40 mph in the air.