News from Around Banderas Bay | December 2009
|Rare Fish Found on Los Muertos Beach|
Phil Kerr - Precision Productions
December 02, 2009
Last week, I received a call from one of my friends at the Los Muertos pier who told me that a fish had washed up on the beach and nobody knew what kind of fish it was - but it was rare...
|Identified as a Luvarus Imperialis, these fish are very rare indeed - the last recorded catch of a Luvarus Imperialis was in Cabo San Lucas in 1999.|
As one of my passions is rare fish of the ocean, I went down to the pier to take a picture so I could find out if anybody knew what kind of fish it was. I found my old friend Juan Diablo, and it was his lucky day. The fish washed up on the beach on his birthday, and it was big enough to feed everyone at his party, but he did not know what kind of fish it was - or if it was safe to eat.
Then we found David Garcia Gutierrez, one of the locals who operates fishing boats and water taxis at Los Muertos pier. David said that the captain of one of his fishing boats, Captain Nikolai of the Viento Negro, had looked it up in the Field Guide to North Atlantic Wild Life (Noble Lench 2005 Yale University) so he knew all about this fish.
Identified as a Luvarus Imperialis, these fish are very rare indeed - the last recorded catch of a Luvarus Imperialis was in Cabo San Lucas in 1999, and only 2 to 4 of these fish are seen in the Banderas Bay area each year.
Sometimes called an Imperial fish or "Rose of the Sea", Louvars are a cross between a marlin and tuna to which they are closely related. They are found in the canyon of the continental shelf in warm seas worldwide, but nowhere common.
These rare fish feed on jelly fish, and not only are they safe to eat - but they are also delicious!
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