While sailing in the Maldives, you may spot something gliding over the surface of the water. It may seem like a bird, but it's actually a flying fish! It belongs to a family of Exocoetidae, which is comprised of around 60 species. Due to its long, wing-like fins and tail, this fish can easily glide for considerable distances over the water. To rise above the water, the flying fish wings its tail more than 70 times per second. This also helps the fish avoid predators.
The monsoon season from May to October is when the seas get rough. Flying fish are usually drawn to the shore during this time, which provides an opportunity for local fishermen. It's the easiest fishing technique ever! All you have to do is wait for the fish to land on the beach and not be able to take off again. The island of Fuvahmulah is where flying fish are particularly abundant, so if you see hundreds of people on the beach staring at the horizon, don't be surprised - they may return home with a good catch!