Are There Any Fish With Horizontal Tail Fins



Are vertical or horizontal tail fins better?

Fish inherited that movement, for which a vertical tail is best. Their distant land mammal descendants evolved to run with limbs underneath: an unstable gait allowing rapid direction changes. To extend the stride, their spine flexes up-and-down. Marine mammals kept this movement, for which a horizontal tail is best.

Are shark tails vertical or horizontal?

It seems to be a common theme that marine mammals have their tail fins horizontal to the plane of the water while sharks and other fish seem to have a vertical tail fin.

What fish has a truncated tail?

Truncated fins end in a more-or-less vertical edge. Salmon have truncated tail fins.

Why are dolphin fins horizontal?

Unlike fish, whales and dolphins evolved from four-legged animals with limbs underneath their bodies, their backbones naturally bend up and down and not side to side. It is also why their tail fins are horizontal and not vertical like those of fish. The tail fin, or fluke, is used for propulsion through the water.

Why do fish swim side to side?

Fish with streamlined bodies and a stiff, crescent-shaped caudal fin or tail, tend to move rapidly through the water by swishing their tail from side to side. This action propels the fish much like sculling (rowing a boat with an oar) propels a boat. The caudal fin or tail is not the only fin a fish uses to swim.

Is a whale faster than a shark?

Size and speed advantage – When it comes to size and speed, killer whales can grow to be twice as large as a great white shark and can reach speeds of 50% – 100% faster than the great white for short bursts allowing them to surprise and quickly reach their prey before it can escape.

Do dolphins have tails?

The dolphin’s tail is called its flukes (each half is a fluke). There are no bones in a dolphin’s flukes, just tough connective tissue. The dolphin uses its flukes for swimming and its flippers for steering.

What do whales use their tails for?

Whales slap their tails as a means of communication, to warn away predators or other males, and to impress a potential mate. Different species of whale lobtail differently. Humpback whales will lobtail repeatedly. They will raise their tail back and forth many times to slap the water.

What fish has a Emarginate tail?

The coelacanth, that ancient fish thought to have been long extinct until discovered in the 1930’s, has a diphycercal shaped tail with three lobes and a vertebrae that extends all the way to the end of the tail. Some species have a slightly indented caudal known as an emarginate fin.

What are the 4 types of fish scales?

There are four types of fish scales – placoid, cycloid, ctenoid (pronounced ‘ten-oid’), and ganoid.