This was in the pool at the base of the pier. Hard to estimate size at that distance with no reliable reference points but perhaps around 50cm.
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Thanks for the ID. What features indicate that it is a Mullet? Might as well try to learn something about fish ID.
The habitat, the positioning of the fins and the prominent white lips. I associate Mullet with shallow inshore locations, inlets and creeks etc.
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Might manage to recognise one of those again some time.
If you ever see a commotion of splashing fish close in in coastal waters often with their fins out of the water then Mullet are a likely candidate.
useful to know.
Hi David and Chris,
Another feature worth mentioning is the head shape, the broad flat head with a broad flattish mouth, very blunt snout. Mullet are often mistaken for salmon or sea trout in river estuaries but when you get a birds eye view like above, for example from a bridge, they are fairly easy to separate from salmonids by the blunt snout. They have been referred to as 'Fool's Sea Trout' on occasion but this is a harsh name as many a man has got unnecessarily excited when viewing what he believes to be whopping sea trout in estuaries in summer. The thing is, they often share the estuary with genuine sea trout and salmon and are similarly colured and shaped.
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