Note that unfortunately this Needlefish got its top beak caught in the seine net and writhed enough to break it off. It is not a halfbeak.
Single specimen swimming behind the MRC. Approximately 20 cm long. Narrow silverish body, extremely elongate with long pointed beak. Swimming at surface with a characteristic tail motion that sets the motion well back such that the majority of the body stays straight.
ID as per Humann and DeLoach, p. 64-65.
Caught by osprey.
Very large. One measuring over 4ft
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The Beloniformes are an order of six families of freshwater and marine ray-finned fish: the Adrianichthyidae (ricefish and medakas); Belonidae (needlefish); Exocoetidae (flyingfishes); Hemiramphidae (halfbeaks); the Scomberesocidae (sauries) and the Zenarchopteridae (viviparous halfbeaks). With the exception of the Adrianichthyidae, these are streamlined, medium-sized fishes that live close to the surface of the water feeding on algae, plankton, or smaller animals including other fishes. Most are marine, though a few needlefish and halfbeaks inhabit brackish and fresh...