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Flying fish are a family of fish that have developed large pectoral fins. They feed on plankton and other small marine food matter. In turn, they are prey to larger animals including porpoise, dolphin, tuna, marlin, swordfish, mackerel, squid, and sea birds. Flying fish use their speed and their pectoral fins to evade these predators by propelling themselves into the air and extending the pectoral fins to glide above the surface of the water.
In the Solomon Islands, the fish are caught while they are flying, using nets held from outrigger canoes. They are attracted to the light of torches. Fishing is done only when no moonlight is available.
Flying fish are commercially fished in Japan, Vietnam, and China by gillnetting, and in Indonesia and India by dipnetting. Often in Japanese cuisine, the fish is preserved by drying to be used as fish stock for dashi broth. The roe of Cheilopogon agoo, or Japanese flying fish, is used to make some types of sushi, and is known as tobiko. It is also a staple in the diet of the Tao people of Orchid Island, Taiwan. Flying fish is part of the national dish of Barbados, cou-cou and flying fish.