What Kind of Fish is This?

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What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by BillyD » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:42 am

Hi guys. I am still learning the marine life around here, and was wondering if someone could id this fishy for me. He is at 0:34 and 2:45, defending his eggs in Cove 2.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=298K8493Lns&list=UUevoyrIocmJyguw2Iit_Hwg&feature=plcp[/youtube]

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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by Sounder » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:46 am

Lingcod, member of the Greenling family. Commonly aggressive when the males are protecting the eggs. Cabezon are even more aggressive - they're, appropriately so, the "big headed fish" with "frillies" as quasi "horns." Stay away from "styrofoam" this time of year!
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by BillyD » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:52 am

Sounder wrote:Lingcod, member of the Greenling family. Commonly aggressive when the males are protecting the eggs. Cabezon are even more aggressive - they're, appropriately so, the "big headed fish" with "frillies" as quasi "horns." Stay away from "styrofoam" this time of year!


Thanks Sounder, but not the lingcod. It's a small fish blending in with the background, and its eggs are a few inches in front of it. It's at around 0:34 in the video.
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by ktb » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:54 am

Actually, if you check the time stamps he referenced, I believe he's asking about the Buffalo Sculpin. And I don't believe that's an egg mass in front of it.
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by BillyD » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:59 am

ktb wrote:Actually, if you check the time stamps he referenced, I believe he's asking about the Buffalo Sculpin. And I don't believe that's an egg mass in front of it.


Buffalo Sculpin hey? Sweet! Why don't you believe it's an egg mass in front of it?
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by kdupreez » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:01 am

At 0:34, Thats Red Irish Lord AFAIK..

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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by Tidepool Geek » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:14 am

Hi BillyD,

I'm no expert but that fish looks to me to be a Red Irish Lord. The eyes appear larger and wider set than a Buffalo Sculpin; also the snout looks a bit longer and more tapered. Finally, according to Andy Lamb, this is a little early in the season for a Buff to be guarding eggs but it's just about perfect timing for a RIL.

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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by ktb » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:21 am

kdupreez wrote:At 0:34, Thats Red Irish Lord AFAIK..


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Koos, You are correct. But it still doesn't look like eggs to me . . .
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by Greg Jensen » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:50 am

I agree; it looks like some type of sponge rather than eggs. That's also a red irish lord that is being eaten by the seastar later in the video.

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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by BillyD » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:51 pm

Greg Jensen wrote:I agree; it looks like some type of sponge rather than eggs. That's also a red irish lord that is being eaten by the seastar later in the video.
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:notworthy: Thanks Alex, Koos, and Greg, Red Irish Lord looks about right. It's kind of hard to see in the video, but I was pretty sure they were eggs when I saw them. I have seen cabezon's and greenling's eggs, these were much smaller but somewhat similar.
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by diverden » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:11 pm

Cool video. I almost soiled my drysuit this morning when I was poking around at 20 ft and found my face about 20" from a shifty-eyed, mean, old ling. I used the force to keep him from biting my face.

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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by BillyD » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:24 pm

diverden wrote:Cool video. I almost soiled my drysuit this morning when I was poking around at 20 ft and found my face about 20" from a shifty-eyed, mean, old ling. I used the force to keep him from biting my face.


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The ling from this video was funny. I was filming the sunstar and he swam right up to me and and just parked right there, pretty much right on top the sunstar, eyeballing me. I love their shifty eyes. :der:
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by Tom Nic » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:46 pm

When Ling do that it is generally egg laying time. I've had more than one cool dive in the past where I was like "Holy crap, he just came up and posed! Sweet!" He was actually warning me away from the egg masses he was guarding and was preparing to clean my clock if I so much as twitched! :)
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by dwashbur » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:19 pm

Actually, I suspect that IS an egg mass in front of that RIL at 34 seconds in. It's the right size, shape and color, and he seems very interested in it. It looks similar to a mass that we came upon a couple of years ago; when my daughter got too close to it, the RIL actually swam up and bit her hand. Hard to do any damage without teeth, but he gave it his best shot.

Anyway, one vote for "yes, that's a mass of eggs."
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by WylerBear » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Kind of hard to tell but I don't think they don't look like eggs to me. The other RIL egg masses I've seen have looked similar to Greenling eggs but in all sorts of cool colors.
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by dwashbur » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:19 pm

WylerBear wrote:Kind of hard to tell but I don't think they don't look like eggs to me. The other RIL egg masses I've seen have looked similar to Greenling eggs but in all sorts of cool colors.

All the ones I've seen were yellow like this, but I certainly won't go to the stake for the identification.
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Re: What Kind of Fish is This?

Post by WylerBear » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:36 pm

I've been known to be wrong, too. :)
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