Tuesday, July 19, 2005


This gorgeous little fish is a sand perch (Diplectrum formosum for you brainiacs). This guy is an adult and probably a male...although later in life this same fish might be a female. Sand perch are hermaphrodites (as are a lot of fish, invertebrates, and MTV VJ's). When in the male phase, the colors are more brilliant and fin tips are longer. This little guy fits that description pretty well. Sand perch like seagrass beds, pilings, and rock piles. He was only out of the water long enough for this photo and then we slipped him back into the Gulf. Photo credit on this one goes to my talented niece Meghan. Posted by Picasa

5 comments:

Hick said...

Yeah, but is he good to eat? heh!

Floridacracker said...

Hick, they are so small and pretty, I always let 'em go. I like cleaning big fish...
The fish books say they actually are very good. They are a popular bait for grouper.
Loved the funny pics of your dog. Take care.

thingfish23 said...

I was just gonna say: "Looks like grouper bait to me!"

If the weather holds, I'll be fishin' later this afternoon.

Yes!

Floridacracker said...

Thing,
Good luck. Weather was great here today.

thingfish23 said...

The weather cooperated, the fish didn't. This in spite of a VERY strong outgoing tide. We were in the backwaters, though. I didn't want to tell the skipper his business, but I felt like we should have been closer to the mouth of the pass on the outgoing tide. We'll catch 'em up another time. It was still great to be out on the water, despite the clouds of no-see-ums.