Meet the Silver Surfperch

This is a common resident of the sandy surf zone. It is the smallest of the three common sand-dwelling surfperch of northern Oregon. It lives up to its name; it’s so silver it can be difficult to get a good photo of this little fish on dark wet sand.

Hook and line caught, in the swash
Silver surfperch, Hyperprosopon ellipticum

You will occasionally see striking orange or black spots on the anal fin of these fish, but this one just has a dull gray wash across the anal fin.