Flying fish appeared 220 million years ago, in the Triassic. Even then, as convincing fossils, pectoral fins they were wide, and the lower lobe of the tail extended.
There is a legend that Melita, "virgin nice to all" as assures strict women Herodotus, had the ability to easily change the look and escaped from Poseidon pursued her alternately turning it into a fish by diving into the waves, the birds, rising into the clouds .
Flying fish attracted to light, as well as a number of other marine animals, and fishermen regularly use it. Boat, filled with water, not to killing fish, but with this level of the fish could not jump, to lure light at night dozens of flying fish.