A fish that often makes headlines in local San Diego sportfishing circles as a prized, and somewhat rare catch is making international headlines as the first fish ever identified to be warm blooded.
Opah, also known as moonfish, show up in eastern Pacific waters around San Diego in warm water periods. One of our most read stories of 2014 was about the opah, when a 91 pounder showed up in San Diego Bay and beached itself in front of Fisherman’s Landing. Doug Kern, owner of Fisherman’s Landing called it “the craziest day ever at Fisherman’s Landing.”
And last August, the long-range sportfishing vessel Excel had 5 opah hooked up at one time during a trip down to Baja’s San Martin Island. They landed 3 of those 5 which weighed 151, 181 and 124 pounds. Opah catches are uncommon, so 3 in one trip, and 5 hooked up at one time was taken as a sign that we were experiencing El Niño conditions in the eastern Pacific.
Scientists have confirmed something that the sportfishing community had no idea about these beloved fish, they’re warm blooded. Check out the article link below from Discovery News for coverage about this amazing uncovering.
A big round fish that some have likened to a swimming flat beach ball has just been identified as the first known fully warm-blooded fish.