There are numerous spècies of fish around Fuerteventura, many can be seen from beaches, rocks, or harbours as well as from glass bottom boats, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing.
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The Barracuda (Sphyraena Viridensis) is the most common of the larger predators on the coast of Fuerteventura. Barracuda are snake-like in appearance, with prominent, sharp-edged, fang-like teeth, much like piranhas, all of different sizes, set in sockets of their large jaws, with large, pointed heads. They often feed off of small fish around the cliff edges or in the harbours. They are much sought after by game and commercial fishermen. Although they can grow up to a metre and a...
Schools of Bogue (Boops boops) are very common around Fuerteventura, they are often used as bait for larger fish such as barracuda, and tuna. They can be found in depths of a metre, down to around 350 metres. Their diet consists of small crustaceans, seaweed and plankton, schools of Bogue often rise to the surface at night. Individuals can reach 36 cm, but average 20 cm. They can be caught with small hooks, with small pieces of prawn, and...
The small but colourful Canary Damselfish (Abudefduf luridus) can be found all around Fuerteventura, they inhabit shallow water in rocky inshore areas, often near sand, down to depths of 25 metres, and can often be seen near harbour walls. Males protect the eggs deposited in nests, and Juveniles can be found in rock pools. They are often caught by accident when fishing for other species, and are often seen when snorkeling in Fuerteventura, and grow...
The Bocinegro (also known as the Red porgy, or Common Seabream) is reddish in colour with with yellow stripes and a grey head, dark reddish fins, an oval body, large teeth, a large V shaped tail with the two white tips, an unmistakable characteristic of this species. They can reach a length of 90 cm, at night, or when alarmed blue-white spots appear on the head and spine. Bocinegro are carnivorous, and voracious feeders mainly...
Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) often swim into the harbours of Fuerteventura at night time where the lights attract them to there food source. If you are a diver you are more likely to spot them between September and November. You can often see them swimming around shipwrecks and reefs.
The Golden Mullet (Liza Aurata) is usually found close to the shore and near the harbour. The golden mullet is the most common of the mullet species found around Fuerteventura. they tend to feed in very shallow waters on algae. It is not often eaten in the Canaries but is a challenge to catch.
The grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) can be found over hard bottoms on reefs and rocky areas, in lagoons and in bays, around Fuerteventura at depths down to around 55 metres. They are very good to eat, and have a tough, leathery skin which is best removed. They grow to around 60 centimetres in length, but a more common length is between 30 and 40 centimetres.
The Antonito or Large-eye dentex (Dentex macrophthalmus) can be found around Fuerteventura over both sandy bottoms and rocky areas usually at depths between 75 and 640 metres. They has an oval body, large eyes, a V shaped tail and a red or orange tone to their fins. Antonito are carnivorous, and feed mainly on fish and crustaceans, local fishermen mainly use prawns or squid as bait for these. They are very good to eat, the...
Lizard Fish (Synodus saurus) are found close to the shore and in Ports & Harbors around Fuerteventura. They are generally small, although the largest species measures about 60 cm (24 in) in length. Their heads resemble those of lizards, they have mouths full of razor sharp teeth, even on their tongue and if you catch one fishing be very careful when removing the hook.
The Ornate Wrasse (Thalassoma pavo) is very colourful, and can be found in shallow water in rocky inshore areas, down to depths of 150 metres. They can often be seen when snorkeling in rocky areas, and from the shore in Fuerteventura and grow to around 25 centimetres in length.
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