Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes, 1833
An open ocean fish sometimes seen near shore sheltering around buoys, under floating vegetation or other floating objects, and often accompanying large jellyfish. Such sightings are generally of juveniles. The young fish in photo 1 was photographed by Jerry Kane several miles offshore. The smaller juveniles in photos 2-3 were closer to land (photos by Wendy Noritake and Graham Burdekin). Freckled Driftfish grow to about 8 inches and are found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas.
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Text and photos copyright by John P. Hoover