A Japanese television network has filmed what they believe to be the longest recorded flight of a flying fish. The camera crew were aboard a ferry off Japan's Kagoshima prefecture.

The flying fish flew along side the ferry for 45 seconds as it cruised at about 30 kilometers per hour. Local experts say this is likely to be "the longest recorded flight'.

In theory, the fish could stay aloft for more than a minute. The previous record in the 1920s was of 42 seconds.

Flying fish are believed to have evolved gliding skills to evade attacks from predators such as tuna and dolphins.

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