Here I feature some fishes, other than surfperches, that I’ve caught in the surf zone, or found washed up on northern Oregon beaches. The common names and organization are more or less those of Love (1996) and Miller and Lea (1972).
Blue Shark, Prionace glauca– This one washed ashore on December 8, 2019, on Samoa Beach, California. Looks to be bycatch.
Big Skate, Raja binoculata– This is the egg case. It was featured in Mermaids Purse.
Spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei
Pacific herring, Clupea pallasi
Pacific sardine, Sardinops sagax
American shad, Alosa sapidissima
Silver or coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch
Longnose lancetfish, Alepisaurus ferox– This lancetfish appeares in Oceanic Predator Washes onto the Beach, and these lancetfish photos are courtesy Mary and Sam Phillips.
Three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus, aculeatus– The sticklebacks I come across are ones cast up onto the beach. They live in almost every coastal stream. Why do they end up in the surf? Threespine sticklebacks appear in Stranded Sticklebacks.
Greenling (juvenile), Hexagrammos – The tow images below are the same fish, first when I encountered it cast up on the beach, then cleaned up and released into a sand-filled tide-pool. This juvenile Hexagrammos appears in Stranded Greenling raises eternal question: To Assist or Not Assist?
Pacific staghorn sculpin, Leptocottus armatus
Sand sole, Psettichthys melanostictus
Unidentified juvenile pleuronectid- I found this nearly transparent beach cast juvenile on the central Oregon coast, July 2018.
Common mola, ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Love, M. 1996. Probably more than you want to know about the fishes of the Pacific coast. Really Big Press, Santa Barbara, California.
Miller, D. J. and R. N. Lea. 1972. Guide to the Coastal Marine Fishes of California. California Fish Bulletin Number 157. California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento.