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Offline imatfaal

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What is this fish?
« on: 09/10/2012 16:17:45 »
Hello Everyone

Took a few pictures a couple of days ago of a fish swimming around the harbour just beside the taverna I was seeking refreshment from.  It was a strange looking thing and I wondered if anyone knew what it was - it might be frightfully common, but I thought it was a just a bit odd!

Any ideas?

« Last Edit: 17/10/2012 08:40:03 by chris »


 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #1 on: 09/10/2012 16:23:38 »
and a different photo

 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #2 on: 09/10/2012 16:31:44 »
And a bit more detail.  This was in about 2 foot of water, in a very sheltered harbour on the island of Naxos in the Kyklades, in Hellas. 

The colour has reproduced fairly accurately although the clever clever camera/windows live import settings has seemed to enhance the actual solidity of the fish.  It was about 12-15 inches long and moved fairly quickly.  I could not get close - When I tried to scramble down the the rocks it disappeared for a good 10 minutes.  These photos were taken from a good 10 feet away with a zoom lens and then cropped and quality reduced to fit in 128kb limit
 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #3 on: 09/10/2012 16:32:55 »
have you tried http://www.ispot.org.uk/

it is fantastic for this sort of thing!
 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #4 on: 09/10/2012 16:41:08 »
have you tried http://www.ispot.org.uk/

it is fantastic for this sort of thing!

No I hadn't - never seen it before.  It looks great and I will definitely give it a whirl.  I will hope that the regulars here get the fish before I get around to posting at Ispot
 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #5 on: 09/10/2012 16:46:16 »
looks quite like the unimaginatively named "needle nose fish" ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenentodon_cancila
 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #6 on: 10/10/2012 18:34:57 »
I think you put me on the right track RD - the wikipage you mentioned had links to the European Garfish which I reckon is the candidate of choice at present
 

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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #7 on: 11/10/2012 16:44:45 »
A higher contrast version of the above photo ...



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Re: What's my Fish?
« Reply #8 on: 16/10/2012 11:24:32 »
have you tried http://www.ispot.org.uk/

it is fantastic for this sort of thing!

I think that site is only for species spotted in the UK.

I agree with RD, this is a Garfish.
 

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Re: What is this fish?
« Reply #9 on: 24/10/2012 15:39:20 »
I agree, too.  It is some type of gar.  I have seen them swimming in the river before-actually, right by the shore, same as you.
 

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