Two schools of fish

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I began my descent at the mooring ball, and almost immediately I was confronted by two large schools of fish.  Both schools, two separate species, seemed to be hanging in the water, not rushing anywhere.  And, while the two schools were not really mixed, there was some overlap.  I think one of the species is bar jack, but it did not have the distinct black crowbar shape.  Perhaps, they were juveniles.  The other species looked like some kind of small mackerel to me, but I couldn't find a good match on the DVD.

It amazes me that I still come across fish I don't know and cannot identify on my own.  Please let me know what you think, about the possible bar jacks and the possible mackerels.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Snapper Ledge, buoy SL1, Key Largo, Florida, 27-foot depth, bottom temperature about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thank You,

Marty

Rainbow Runner and Bar Jack

The fish in the first school are Rainbow Runner. Nice find! I've never seen them underwater. Note the parallel stripes running down the body. Rainbow Runners are in the Jack family, but you are right: their shape suggests a mackerel.

And yes, those are Bar Jack in your last photo. The blue bar isn't always obvious.

Louis

Thank you

What a perfect answer, and fast, too.  I am deeply grateful.

Marty

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