Little Ray was tired of lazing in pools,
Watching fellow fish in herd-like schools.
The blue sky looked so clear and bright.
Little Ray wanted to join the birds in flight.
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)
“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray” is about flying stingrays. This story of flight by a fish helps motivate children with goal setting and practice. They can reach higher goals than stingrays flying like birds.
A Harris Poll showed 36% of Americans believe in UFOs. Rays do somersaults, flips, rolls, spins, twists and turns. While governments look for UFOs, fish take flight. Real flying shows lend new perspectives to goals.
Little Ray plans to fly like a bird. With wing-like fins, he hurls himself out of the water. He finds lucky breaks and learns to fall with style. He makes false starts, but builds confidence to face fears.
Flying stingrays are “fish out of water”. They cannot breathe. They need water for oxygen. Lungfish have lungs and gills. They burrow during droughts. They don't use lungs to fly.
The range of fish flight is limited. Gills collapse out of water. In The Amazing Flight of Little Ray, it is clear that fish can see equally well in air and water. Accomplishment takes focus.
The best fliers are warm-blooded. Cold-blooded Ray gets warm-blooded help from above and encouragement from shore. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department discusses Warm and Cold-Blooded Animals.
Air sacs help birds fly. Flying fish glide hundreds of feet, giving a group the name “glide”. Hollow bones add strength, distance and height. Ray's cartilage softens falls, making downturns temporary.
Air has less drag than water. Fish take flight in search of food or to escape predators. Noise, temperature, chemistry, muddiness, filth or stench may bother them. They fly for fun, to express themselves or to show off.
Fish soar from oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, fountains, bowls and tanks. They smack into people and things. In FAOJ a boy dies from a crash landing rather than from Stingray Envenomation of the Foot: a Case Report.
Fish do not flap their fins to fly. Fish push off, reach the height of momentum and start falling. Gravity makes it hard to stay airborne. Their musculature provides undulating swimming power to thrust through water.
Wing flapping provides lift for birds and bats. An abstract cited by the NCBI explains Muscle Function in Avian Flight: Achieving Power and Control. Flight upstroke, speed and hovering are strenuous.
Air travels need not be self-powered. Little Ray may catch an updraft or wind stream. The albatross holds records for energy-saving glides around the world, without constant wing flapping or landing.
Sun may aid navigation. Fish and bats have an electric sense for guidance. There are electric fields on land and in water. Some fish make electricity. Others feel it.
The history of human flight large was inspired by birds. Observing nature brings new and improved products to everyday living. Life-changing actions are made possible by positivity, not wings.
Squids rocket on their water jets. Mammals, reptiles and amphibians use skin flaps. An article in phys.org news reports Spiders go Ballooning on Electric Fields.
Flights may be sudden. Before takeoff, stingrays and sharks may vomit. Stress sends fish airborne. Splashes knock off leeches, lice, parasites and worms. They have no curative drugs in the wild.
Winds suck up animals. LOC holds Raining Frog Mysteries. They fall from slowing winds. Unlucky ones flop onto land. People help them to safety.
People are smart about watching others and working together. Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution argued survival comes with adapting to the environment. A strong will to live gets stingrays flying.
His video shows how to beat odds: “The world helps those who try and try, to fly and fly.” The words are not from the book. Illustrations and ideas are from the story. (34 seconds)