We always see these when the sea state is a little rougher! After some research, I conclude that they are attracted to light, which would explain why they are commonly sighted near the ship. Location is approximate.
In brackish water along the Peace River in Punta Gorda
Washed up on the beach
Approx 30-35cm. Saw just the one come out of the water and "fly" for about 20 feet. A fleeting glimpse but impressive. Apologies for poor quality photo.
This fish was found on the boat deck one morning. Must have stranded itself during the night.
Sampled by Rey Donne Papa, coordinates correspond to field station at Taal Lake Conservation Center
The Beloniformes are an order of six families of freshwater and marine ray-finned fish: the Adrianichthyidae (ricefish and medakas); Belonidae (needlefish); Exocoetidae (flyingfishes); Hemiramphidae (halfbeaks); the Scomberesocidae (sauries) and the Zenarchopteridae (viviparous halfbeaks). With the exception of the Adrianichthyidae, these are streamlined, medium-sized fishes that live close to the surface of the water feeding on algae, plankton, or smaller animals including other fishes. Most are marine, though a few needlefish and halfbeaks inhabit brackish and fresh...