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Fish List (3 Viewers)


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I used to be an angler and a diver and have a fish list exceeding 500 species, I guess as I used to dive Egypt and the Maldives. There are certainly a few people out there who know their fish (Helmut Debelius is a famous underwater photographer who's written dozens of field guides), but most divers just like to enjoy what they see. Certain species are thought after, but not to the extent that birds are.
I used to keep fish lists, but haven't seen anything new in ages, so don't bother very much anymore.
My experience is that quite a lot is identifiable even from shore, but you'll only find the standard species. There's definitely no twitching or listing community but observation.org or inaturalist should be able to keep lists for you.
Furthermore, knowledge about fish species is VERY rudimentary among most people, so that every Roach gets identified as Rudd


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Fish watching can be exciting in the extreme. Amongst the many dramatic moments that come to mind observed from the many days I've spent at sea include flying fish being driven out of the water by leaping yellowfin tuna, with frigate birds diving after the same prey; giant bluefin tuna feeding on the surface in the Canary Islands and northwest Ireland; and dozens of sailfish free-jumping near one of the islands south of Phuket in Thailand. Moments like these, especially the latter two, are amongst my Rutger Hauer moments ("I've seen things you people wouldn't believe").

You don't need to be a diver to see fish - much of this (fabulous) footage was shot above water. It's worth noting, though, that the challenge of finding this sort of activity and then getting good views of it can be considerable.

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