The Garfish – Belone Belone

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Belone Belone Living Fossil

Belone Belone Living Fossil

The Garfish’s or Belone Belone from the Greek word “velona” which means needle also aptly named the “sea needle” this fish is considered by many to be an example of a living fossil. Usual size is 25-50cm weighing in at 200-500g


Inhabits the whole of the Mediterranean living close to the surface of the water following similar migration patterns as the mackerel.


They feed on smaller fish.

Life Cycle

Around spring time it is known to migrate to shallow waters up to half a meter deep. They lay eggs in May and June in areas of sea grass and migrate out into open water again in autumn. One little known fact about these fish is the fact that their bones are green due to biliverdin but even though coloured they are harmless!

Belone Belone Mediterranean Distribution Map

Belone Belone Mediterranean Distribution Map
(Chance of Encounter Red=0.8 Yellow=0.2)

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