Posts Tagged Belmont Pier

California Scorpionfish

Order Scorpaeniformes  Scorpionfishes and Rockfishes — Family Scorpaenidae  Genus Scorpaena California Scorpionfish Species: Scorpaena guttata (Girard, 1854); from the Greek word scorpaena (scorpion, referring to the poison spines), and the Latin word guttata  (a form of small drops or spotting). Alternate Names: Commonly called sculpin although also called scorpionfish, scorpion, little poker, rattlesnake and scorpene. [...]

Basketweave Cusk-Eel

Order Ophidiformes  Cusk-Eels—Family Ophidiidae Cusk-eel (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Species: Ophidion scrippsae  (Hubbs, 1916); from the words otophidium (referring to the large sacklike inner ear) and scrippsae  (in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps who helped establish the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Alternate Names: Eel or California cusk-eel. In Mexico they’re [...]

Horn Shark

 Order Heterodontiformes — Bullhead Sharks—Family Heterodontidae Horn shark from the Cabrillo Mole in Avalon in 2015 Species: Heterodontus francisci (Girard, 1855); from the Greek hetero (different) and odont (tooth) and the Latin francisci (referring to San Francisco). (They have a small pointed tooth at the front of their jaw and a blunt tooth at the [...]

Big Skate

Cartilaginous Fishes—Class Chondrichthyes — (A skeleton of cartilage that is not true bone) Subclass Elasmobranchi—Sharks and Rays Skates — Family Rajidae — Big Skate  A big Big Skate taken from the Paradise Park Pier in 2007 Species: Raja binoculta (Grard, 1855); from the Latin words raja (skate), bi  (two), and oculata  (eyed, referring to the [...]

Rare fish caught at Belmont Pier — catalufa

Rare fish caught at Belmont Pier Casting a bait and then sitting down and watching the rod tip on Belmont Pier isn’t the most glamorous and exotic fishing along the Pacific Coast, but it’s restful and sometimes productive for perch, an occasional halibut and other species. Then too, you meet interesting people. Gerald Osier of [...]