The flying gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans) is easily recognized by its large, wing-like pectoral fins. Contrary to the name, these fish do not actually fly. Their large fins help them to swim low over the sand as they search for food. They also help to provide them with a burst of speed when threatened. Flying gurnards are found in the shallow water reefs along the eastern coast of North America, from Massachusetts to the Caribbean. The can reach a maximum size of 35 inches (90 centimeters) in length.
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