Genuine flying fish - batteries required

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Fish that fly? They're the ultimate in fish gadgets for the true aquatic fanatic - or maybe they're a way to finally get the kids involved!

These new remote controlled helium balloon fish, or Air Swimmers, are due to hit the markets in July at around $40 apiece.  

The fish, rather than being confined to the water, 'swim' through the air in a rather convincing manner and come in two shapes: the ever-popular clownfish and a shark.  

The hinged tails swish as the fish glide around for up to four hours before needing a new set of batteries.  A remote control allows the user to manoeuvre the fish around obstacles.  The helium, however, will last for perhaps two weeks at best.

These will certainly make a fantastic party piece and watching them glide is a spectacle in itself, as the video shows. 

 

 

The fish will be available in flower shops and anywhere that sells balloons in the USA. As for the UK...wait and see.