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Help identifying a fish?

Meowface_the_cat

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Hope this is allowed, because it's not technically spearfishing... but we did hook him on a spearing trip!

Can anybody ID this guy?

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There is currently a heated debate on board as to whether he is a Salema Porgy, a Marbled Spinefoot, or a Rabbitfish.

I won't say what side I'm on! ;)

He is venomous and caused a wasp-like sting that persisted for about an hour.

Caught in Greece, in the sea of Crete.

Any takers?

Thank you
 

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Leander

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It sure looks like a rabbitfish/spinefoot/"Germanos"(GR) (different word, same animal). Salpas have bright golden stripes.

I'm on Crete too. Spinefoots are very common here, at least on the South coast.

Don't let the locals tell you otherwise: the spinefoots *are really good* to eat!

Where on Crete are you?
 
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Meowface_the_cat

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It sure looks like a rabbitfish/spinefoot/"Germanos"(GR) (different word, same animal). Salpas have bright golden stripes.

I'm on Crete too. Spinefoots are very common here, at least on the South coast.

Don't let the locals tell you otherwise: the spinefoots *are really good* to eat!

Where on Crete are you?

Great, thanks so much!

We're actually on Milos right now. But we're on a boat, so we'll be moving on in a couple of days!
 

Baphomet

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It's a siganus luridus aka dusky spinefoot as mentioned above. It's the primary fish in my country near the shore (Mediterranean is pretty infested with those especially in the east and north east).
It's a venomous fish, its sting lasts for a good 5 minutes up to two days depending on how many spikes land up your hand. You need to squeeze those operculums very tight when removing the hook as its a very mad fish.
I'm just curious about the bait you were using, normally it feeds on bread and sea algae.
 
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Meowface_the_cat

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It's a siganus luridus aka dusky spinefoot as mentioned above. It's the primary fish in my country near the shore (Mediterranean is pretty infested with those especially in the east and north east).
It's a venomous fish, its sting lasts for a good 5 minutes up to two days depending on how many spikes land up your hand. You need to squeeze those operculums very tight when removing the hook as its a very mad fish.
I'm just curious about the bait you were using, normally it feeds on bread and sea algae.

Yup, bread!

Just little dough balls moulded around the hook.

He was delicious.10/10 would get stung again,.
 
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