Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bonefish Research

Via Moldy Chum:

Can you see me now?

Recent research by Christopher Haak, a PhD student in Andy Danylchuk's Fish Ecology Lab at UMass Amherst (and funded by Bonefish and Tarpon Trust), may have finally answered this question. 
Juvenile bonefish (as small as an inch long!) may in fact be “hiding in plain sight”, mixing in among schools of similar-sized mojarras, whom they closely resemble when young.  With roughly 1 bonefish for every 50 mojarras, the odds are you won’t see the bonefish, and neither will their predators!  In the photo above, a 2-inch long bonefish (about 4 months old) feeds among mojarras.


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