Story: Oceanic fish

Flying fish

Flying fish

This ink sketch is by John Waring Saxton, who came out to New Zealand aboard the Clifford in 1842. He kept a diary, fragments of which survive and are held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. He noted that flying fish generally rise from the water in small groups, fly in the same direction for several metres, then return to the water.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MS-Papers-0107-1-03
Ink drawing by John Waring Saxton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Carl Walrond, 'Oceanic fish - Moonfish, flying fish, sunfish and mid-water species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006