SailFish Fans Will Love This

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In the Whirl.
Adorned for the hunt, with fin raised and changeable colors
flashing, a sailfish in the Gulf of Mexico circles a ball of
sardines, preparing to strike.
Image: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic magazine [larger view].

My contact at National Geographic magazine sent a link to an interesting story about billfish (sailfish) to share with you and she also gave me permission to use the incredible images of billfish (sailfish) that are there to see. They also have a video that shows how these fish make a “bait ball” that you will be fascinated with.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to SailFish Fans Will Love This

  1. CyberLizard says:

    That is beautiful. I’ve only seen them up on walls. They’re very impressive in the water.
    I’ve seen dolphins creating bait balls, I didn’t realize that fish did it as well. Very cool.

  2. RM says:

    Great video!

  3. SimonG says:

    What a fantastic picture!

  4. Nate Gains says:

    Sweet! Sailfish are by far the coolest animals in the sea, much better than those crappy wannabes, the dolphins.
    Also, they sound like there should be an American sports team named after them; The Santa Cruz Sailfish for example. Anyone know a team in need of a new name?

  5. Erica says:

    I had no idea sail fish were so beautiful….looks like a painting.
    Thanks for sharing.