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 glaucaThis one washed ashore on December 8, 2019, on Samoa Beach, California. Looks to be bycatch.

Photo credit: Kristi Erlich

Big Skate, Raja binoculata This is the egg case. It was featured in Mermaids Purse.

Spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei

Spotted ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei

Pacific herring, Clupea pallasi

Washed up dead on the sand
Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii, age 1

Pacific sardine, Sardinops sagax

Washed up dead on the sand, about 15 cm long
Pacific sardine, Sardinops sagax

American shad, Alosa sapidissima

Washed up dead on the sand
American shad, Alosa sapidissima

Silver or coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch

Washed up dead on the sand
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

Sand sole on sand
One of the right-eyed flatfishes, sand sole are common in the surf zone | Unattached leading dorsal fin rays are a giveaway

Unidentified juvenile pleuronectid- I found this nearly transparent beach cast juvenile on the central Oregon coast, July 2018.

Nearly transparent, photo in a white ceramic finger bowl
About an inch long, this might be right-eyed, Pleuronectidae | juvenile sand sole?

Common mola, ocean sunfish, Mola mola

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.

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