Long Beach Aquarium – Giant Sea Bass

Wiki says: Giant sea bass were once a relatively common inhabitant of Southern California waters, yet in the 1980s it was facing the threat of local extinction off the California coast. Beginning in the late 1800s, the species supported both a commercial fishery taking hundreds of thousands of kg annually, and a sport fishery that also landed hundreds of fish each year. Spear fishermen also exploited the giant sea bass, first as free divers, and then after the mid 1950s using scuba gear. Often the divers would target the species when they moved into shallow water during the summer months to spawn. By the late 1970s, biologists with the California State Department of Fish and Game, recognized that the local population of giant sea bass was in serious trouble. Actions were taken, resulting in protection from commercial and sport fishing that went into effect in 1982. Yet for almost two decades encounters with giant sea bass were scarce. The giant sea bass reproduces slowly with a population doubling time of more than 14 years and is still listed as critically endangered.

So at the Long Beach Aquarium they had this one super tall tank so tall that you had to go on the 2nd level to view the top level of fishes. Inside were some YellowTail Tunas and 2 fishes that caught my eye right away. They were Giant Sea Bass! They just sorta lumbered around and looked like they belonged in the dinosaur ages. Luckily one was male and one was female so the aquarium have been trying to raise them to breed and etc to help the dwindling numbers in the ocean.

Here are the pictures of the giant tall tank and the giant sea basses.





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FroggyFox August 26, 2007 at 11:18 am

Those are cool…how big are they?

admin August 27, 2007 at 11:16 am

no idea. just big. maybe like 4-5ft? i could hug them and they would still be able to swim around. haha.

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