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Flying Fish

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 14 April 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Welcome to Silly Tuesday Again.

I felt privileged to have been called and asked to take a picture of this oddity. Two summers ago a friend was out fishing. He caught this winged fish(?). The amazing thing is the feathers do not get soaked or water logged. We were at a loss as to the purpose of the wings. Surely they could not help a fish to swim in water. It does make me wonder what else lives in the depths below the surface of our lakes and streams. Of course like all good fish tales, wouldn't you know it. This fish(?) started wriggling and managed to get free. It fell back in the lake. This was the only shot I managed to get.
We called our local authorities and asked for assistance in identifying this species. Apparently this fish(?), is not common around here. They were wondering if this was an adaptation of some sort due to global warming.
But no-one has ever encountered such a creature before.
Now what I have learned since then is that there have been several reports of fish that fly. They only fly in the foulest of weather conditions and under the cloak of darkness. Apparently there's another shot of this species backlit during a lightning storm. I wish to compare the likeness, but I cannot find the individual that took the photo. They were here on vacation, and have long deprated. If any of you know this individual, would you have them contact me please.
I don't believe fish can fly, even if they do have wings.

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Photosanity from Folsom, United States

LOL! A definitely fishy story to be sure. Perfect execution of Silly Tuesday.

14 Apr 2009 5:11am

@Photosanity: Thank you. We all have to laugh every now and then.

teasy from Miami, United States

this is a VERY fishy story haha i love it

14 Apr 2009 5:25am

@teasy: Thank you for your comment. Please drop by and visit again.

Lydie & Roland from BESANCON, France

Nice caughts - in every ways we can hear these words !!!

14 Apr 2009 5:27am

@Lydie & Roland: Thank you.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

I am sure that Richard Attenbourough will be paying you a visit seeing you deep discovering all kinds of new species.

14 Apr 2009 5:30am

@jamesy: I hope he does. I'd love to help him discover new species. I'm sure he could tell me of a few I'm not aware of. Thank you for the comment.

Ca†≈ from Ouchy, Switzerland

Are you a magicien ?
It might be a sailing bird too !

14 Apr 2009 5:47am

@Ca†≈: That would explain it. We were not sure what is was called. Thank you for the new possibility.

Ben from Germany

hehee... nice work, Lee.
i think it´s an eaglefish... =)

14 Apr 2009 7:28am

@Ben: Thank you Ben. It does look like it might have eagle feathers. We could not find any talons on it.

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

really cool

14 Apr 2009 7:35am

@Linda: Thank you Linda.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Heheheheheh you have really got the hang of Silly Tuesday...almost to the point of super silliness lol hahahahahahahaha fantastic shot.....I hvae only ever seen pigs fly!!!!

14 Apr 2009 7:46am

@Linerberry: You are much more worldly than I am Liner. I have only heard of pig's being able to fly. I have never witnessed it.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

WOW! Great shot! 5 stars from me!

14 Apr 2009 7:54am

@Eleftheria: Thank you.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Lee, every week you get me for about 30 seconds... I must be really thick! Very silly shot for a very silly Tuesday! :-)

14 Apr 2009 9:09am

@Sarah: Sarah, Thank you for the compliment.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Something definately fishy about all this! Great shot! Well done.

14 Apr 2009 9:53am

@MrsAmber: Thanks Mrs A. It's to bad it got away on us. I think it would've been a keeper.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

LOL Excellent! What an imagination!
How did you catch it? Using a fishing rod or was he hangin' on a tree? ;)

14 Apr 2009 9:56am

@Rui: Thank you for the visit and compliment. I'm told it actually jumped out of the water and landed in the boat. Can you believe it?.

zOOm from Paris, France

Wow ! Nice fish an great capture !

14 Apr 2009 10:38am

@zOOm: Thanks Florence. It is Silly Tuesday after all.

Baby Sis from Canada

Holy fyling fish...ever seen flying cat fish?? That's sure is silly. Great idea.

14 Apr 2009 11:20am

@Baby Sis: Since this photo I've heard of a lot of craetures that fly. I just can't seem to get a photo of them.

eva from Rouen, France

Amazing ! and mysterious... 5*

14 Apr 2009 11:39am

@eva: Thank you Eva.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada must be Tuesday! Well done Lee; but I think the expression is when pigs fly.... ;-))))))

14 Apr 2009 11:54am

@Eric Cousineau: Yes Eric, it is Silly Tuesday again. And everyone knows pigs can fly. That is why this is so silly.

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

LOL :) wow, what a story and what a "catch" FANTASTIC WORK!! Love it! :)

14 Apr 2009 12:00pm

@Marion: Thank you Marion. Have a great Day!.

Mary from PA, United States

Oh Lee you are Wonderful at this!!! ha ha love your stories to go with them:)

14 Apr 2009 12:03pm

@Mary: Thank you Mary. Your words are to kind. Have a great day.

Shelby from Chester, United States

that is really cool.. i have never seen one of those before until now :)

14 Apr 2009 12:11pm

@Shelby: You can understand how I felt when I first saw it. Thank you for the visit and compliment, please drop by again.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow, he flew back in the water, do I have to tell you just how much I adore this story...magical! and pretty awesome photo ;)

14 Apr 2009 12:14pm

@Lorraine: The big ones always get away. I'm just glad I managed to get this shot before it got away. Thanks Lorraine. Enjoy your day.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful! Your composites are great, Lee! One of these days I will get on board with silly Tuesday :)

14 Apr 2009 12:38pm

@Tracy: Thank you Tracy. Silly Tuesday gives me a reason to try new things.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Hummm, and it's not even April 1. Looks like someone is very good with Photoshop!

14 Apr 2009 1:22pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you. I just like to have fun. Please visit again.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Ah the ever famous flying Bass! A rare capture Lee ;)

14 Apr 2009 1:32pm

@Elora: It is a rare capture. I see you're familiar with this species. Perhaps you could indulge me with a few stories. Thank you for your support.

The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

Did you catch that Walleye on Tuesday as well? You easteners have such unique fish. Well done Lee.

14 Apr 2009 1:42pm

@The Big Guy: I do not remember what day is was caught on. However, thank you for the comment and visit.

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Simply stunning Lee, if I had not seen it here I would never believe it. Great capture and how lucky were you to get that phone call. Well done.

14 Apr 2009 2:34pm

@"Marie" :-): Yes, I was very luck to get that phone call. Even luckier to get a shot off before it escaped. Thank you for the compliment.

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Nice shot , Interesting Story ;)

14 Apr 2009 2:34pm

@Saeed Rasoulof: Thank you for the compliment, please visit again.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Of course it is! Now, do you catch those with a shotgun attached to a rod and reel?

14 Apr 2009 2:44pm

@dogilicious: You can use a gun or a rod & reel, but not both. Thank you for the comment.

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good work!! Exellent and very suitable for Silly Tusday. Congratulations for your portfolio.

14 Apr 2009 2:48pm

@Manel: Thank you on all accounts. Please visit again.

Ajay from Pune, India

Silly not but very creative.

14 Apr 2009 2:49pm

@Ajay: Thanks Ajay.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A very clear and detailed shot here, particularly with its wings spred. You would think that of all fish who would be able to fly it would be salmon who have to swim upstream while avoiding being caught by the waiting bears. :-) Thank you for sharing!

14 Apr 2009 3:16pm

@Steven: Thank you for the visit and compliment. Drop by again.

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

oh my god....fantastic work, Lee.

14 Apr 2009 3:54pm

@Hema Iyer: Thank you very much Hema.

Don from spokane, United States

A marvelous picture and comment to match! Fine image.

14 Apr 2009 4:35pm

@Don: Thanks Don. I appreciate it.

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

another great one, you make me look forward to tuesdays :)

14 Apr 2009 5:40pm

@shallowregret: Thank you very much.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Love this one! Like the black finger nail polish, too! Great fish story!!!

14 Apr 2009 6:04pm

@LauraS: Thanks Laura.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Great work - What a fantastic fish

14 Apr 2009 6:15pm

@Didier DE ZAN: Thanks a lot.

K.B.R from Switzerland

this is the first time I see such a natural wonder, here is a beautiful photo and an informative text, well done

14 Apr 2009 7:13pm

@K.B.R: Thank you very much. Please visit again.

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Great work

14 Apr 2009 8:10pm

@Graham Russon: Thanks Graham, please visit again.

Joanna from Ancaster, Canada

LOL. nice wings! i almost believed your story! really... :P

14 Apr 2009 8:44pm

@Joanna: Thank you for the compliment Joanna.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

Yes excellent

14 Apr 2009 9:23pm

@Veronique: Thank you very much.

Vinman from Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice job! If I didn't know it was Silly Tuesday I'd have thought it was real.

14 Apr 2009 9:46pm

@Vinman: Thank you I try to make it look as best as possible.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding ST

15 Apr 2009 12:13am

@john4jack: Thanks Jack.

Denise from Perry, United States

You are too funny, love it!

15 Apr 2009 2:13am

@Denise: Thank you very much Denise.

mats from Texas, United States

Oh yea,and have you heard about the guy who took a picture of one, after a week he noticed that wings have grown on his sides too. I wonder if we'll see one next Tuesday.
This is a great shot and I am glad he was able to get away, and may it's genre multiply.
I am hooked on these Tuesdays and the stories to go with the images.
Thanks Lee!

15 Apr 2009 5:42am

@mats: You are most welcome Mats. Thank you for the complimenting words.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

The best contribution to silly tuesday that i've seen !!! Very creative and a lot of humor.

15 Apr 2009 1:08pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you very much. I appreciate your compliment.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

ha ha I missed that last week! You do it so well!

19 Apr 2009 9:11pm

@Magda: Thank you so much.

roya from Iran

so beautiful

2 Sep 2009 7:46am

@roya: Thank you for the visit and comment. Please drop by again.

Courtney from Wyoming, United States

cool! i love the fish!

8 Jan 2010 4:20am

Milhi from Caslav, Czech Republic

Nice perch but what about those wings? :-D

11 Sep 2010 9:10pm