We let him relax in the water before we let him swim off. He put up a big fight.
Cool weather with plenty of sunlight. These fishes came out about an hour after the sun set. They were seen in rough water surrounding a peer. They were in groups of four or five, not close to another.
Found by Christine
A needlefish being offered by a Pacific White Tern to its mate.
Photos likely won't be of help (they're too fast!), but maybe someone can narrow it down based on location.
We always see these when the sea state is a little rougher! After some research, I conclude that they are attracted to light, which would explain why they are commonly sighted near the ship. Location is approximate.
In brackish water along the Peace River in Punta Gorda
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...