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).
Prionace glauca, blue shark,
This one washed ashore on December 8, 2019, on Samoa Beach, California. It looks to be bycatch.
Raja binoculata, big skate
The egg case is featured in Mermaids Purse.
Hydrolagus colliei, spotted ratfish
Clupea pallasi, Pacific herring
Sardinops sagax, Pacific sardine
Alosa sapidissima, American shad
Oncorhynchus kisutch, silver or coho salmon,
Alepisaurus ferox, longnose lancetfish
This lancetfish is featured in Oceanic Predator Washes onto the Beach.
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
Ammodytes hexapterus, Pacific sand lance
The image below shows two sand lance in a sand-filled tidepool
The video below shows the same two sand lance swimming around, waiting for the turn of the tide.
Sand sole, Psettichthys melanostictus
Unidentified juvenile pleuronectid- I found this nearly transparent beach cast juvenile on the central Oregon coast, July 2018.
Another unidentified pleuronectid- The suggestions I’ve gotten so far are starry flounder and maybe curlfin turbot. Do I hear any other suggestions? Just a few centimeters long, this is a beachcast fish.
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.
Note: This page was updated on August 14, 2021.