Waiting for a water taxi, XplorMor got picture of a needlefish near the restaurant.
Seen from the boat on the way back to dock. Bodies and fins all silver/light.
San Diego County, California, US
Shoal of 30+ fish
Not confident of how to rule out Ablennes hians. There were about 20 of these large needlefish just under the surface above the reef. They were pushing 3' long.
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...