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Laney Lagoon, Oakland, CA, US (Google, OSM)
37.794054868, -122.2612002555
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Although it is damn near impossible to tell exactly what I saw I am fairly sure that it was a halibut. Almost two and half feet long, brown in color, with the shape of a flat fish I feel that it is safe to say it was a halibut. There was a huge school of bait fish near the flood gates and this fish along with terns, and comorants were fishing here.

Jul. 03, 2012 17:51:50 -0700
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California halibut - Photo (c) Jay Vavra, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
greenrosettas's ID: California halibut (Paralichthys californicus)
Posted by greenrosettas about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Bat Ray is another possibility for a large brown flat fish in that area.

Posted by kueda about 2 years ago (Flag)
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yeah, I was thinking that too but in the second photo you can see the outline of the tail. I'm gonna get a license and start laying down some line and see what I can pull out of the Laney Lagoon.

Posted by greenrosettas about 2 years ago (Flag)
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I was thinking bat ray too, just based on location, but I can't see enough to make a call.

Posted by invertboy about 2 years ago (Flag)
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I have seen bat rays at this location multiple times before, but this one was unique because it had a tail like a fish. The pictures are from a video I was shooting of a commorant fishing then this guy caught my eye. The Laney Lagoon never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by greenrosettas about 2 years ago (Flag)
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California halibut - Photo (c) Jay Vavra, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
greenrosettas's ID: California halibut (Paralichthys californicus)

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