Both adults and juveniles have been observed in Fishing Bay. A
large spawn was noted in April of 2012.
Look for: Slim body
Silver-white side and belly with blueish green
May reach up to 45 cm, more typically around 33 cm
Single dorsal fin located mid-body
Fins are u
Deeply forked tail
No scales on head or gills
No teeth on jaw line
Diet: Plankton including copepods, amphipods, fish larvae
Habitat: Spawn in inshore waters and feed in offshore waters
to depths of 1300 ft.
Range: Baja California to Siberian Arctic
Reproduction: Prefer to spawn in sheltered bays and estuaries.
Adults make their way from the open ocean to these protected
areas where the female lays up to 20,000 eggs in the shallow
inter-tidal among submerged vegetation or eelgrass. The
spherical eggs, measuring 1.2 to 1.5 mm in diameter incubate
for about 10 days. Juvenile
survival rates are low, only about
one adult per 10,000 eggs survives to adulthood
due to high