Fish vs. man

December 6, 2012 • 1:56 pm

Tweeted by Carl Zimmer, we have an amazing photo that’s one of the contenders in the 2012 National Geographic photo contest:

Photo and caption by Octavio Aburto

Together with my friend David Castro, we were diving with a large group of Bigeye travellies at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. Thousands of fish forming a ball during the reproduction courtship. In the afternoon, these fish congregate to form a large spawning aggregation around the reefs of the National Park.

Location: Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico


The bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) is a large fish: according to Wikipedia, it can grow up to 1.2 m and weigh 18 kg. It lives in the tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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15 thoughts on “Fish vs. man

  1. He should have got a bit closer, and then we would have had a sequel to ‘Man Bites Dog!’: ‘Fish Batters Man!’.

  2. I once encountered a school almost this size (or so it seems in retrospect) while snorkeling in Hawaii. I think it was more compact – a sphere without the tail going off to the left background as seen above, and there were larger (predatory?) fish circling around the perimeter. It simply parted around me and rejoined behind when I swam into it. One of my great snorkeling experiences.

  3. first thought:

    looks like something out of the 3rd part of the Matrix movies.

    second thought:

    Cabo Pulmo? Neat! That’s where I did part of my thesis work.

    third thought:

    they finally made it into a National Park.

    good to hear.

  4. I suspect he means “trevally” rather than “travelly” – nice fish to eat, and I wouldn’t complain about the fish jizm.

  5. A friend, with long family tradition of Norwegian nostalgia here in Minnesota (lutefisk dinners, lefse, etc.) described the coming big night of Christmas-inspired lutefisk consumption this way:

    The piece of cod that passeth all understanding.

    Which, if you know the Lutheran liturgy from when I was growing up (1960s and 70s) pretty well sends the coofee (or beer) right out your nose!

    For any Scandiavian readers: Does anyone still eat lutefisk or lefse anymore? When I first visited Norway, Sweden, and Denmark 20 years ago, I asked about it and everyone laughed: “That was survival food, we stopped eating that generations ago!”

    I visited my cousins in Sweden and Norway again this summer and no one ever mentioned these things. Cloudberry preserves, yes, indeed; but no lutefisk or lefse.

    I had them forced upon me while growing up. Lefse was just tolerable with butter and sugar; but lutefisk? I think they used to use it for caulking their boats in the old days, not for eating. Gag!

    (And I love cod — done almost any way except for lutefisk. Which gives me a chance to pitch an excellent book: Cod by Mark Kurlansky.)

  6. I can almost here John Ratzenberger talking from Finding Nemo movie by looking at this pic. We just need Marlon and Dori looking for the East Australian Current (EAC).

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