Young sea bass

Sea bass is one of the most curious fish of the Mediterranean Sea, the freediving divers who exploit this characteristic of this species to catch it are well aware of it. When the sea bass are young this particularity is accentuated as for other species of fish in the juvenile phase. Giovani spigole Young sea bass

Giovani spigole Young sea bass
Giovani spigole Young sea bass

In the video you can see two young specimens of sea bass , Dicentrarchus labrax, filmed in summer in two different situations, the first during an expired (the final phase) of a south-westerly storm, the second in conditions of calm sea and high tide. These two bass fry have a size of a few centimeters (4/5 cm) which, swimming in search of food, get curiously close to myself and to the camera, interrupting their hunting for a few minutes..

Giovani spigole Young sea bass
Giovani spigole Young sea bass

Two species of sea bass or sea bass are widespread in the Mediterranean Sea: Dicentrarchus labrax the common sea bass and Dicentrarchus punctatus, the rarer Sea Bass. It is difficult to say in this juvenile phase which of the two it is, most likely we have met the common sea bass which in the juvenile phase has this typical spotted livery with black dots that slowly loses with growth.

Giovani spigole Young sea bass
Giovani spigole Young sea bass

Dicentrarchus labrax, commonly known as European bass or Sea bass is a marine and brackish water fish of the Moronidae family. Dicentrarchus labrax spigola branzino

European bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) is a primarily ocean-going fish native to the waters off Europe‘s western and southern and Africa‘s northern coasts, though it can also be found in shallow coastal waters and river mouths during the summer months. It is one of only six species in its familyMoronidae, collectively called the temperate basses.

It is both fished and raised commercially, and is considered to be the most important fish currently cultured in the Mediterranean. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, the popular restaurant fish sold and consumed as sea bass is exclusively the European bass. In North America it is widely known by its Italian name branzino.

Giovani spigole Young sea bass
Giovani spigole Young sea bass

European bass can reach sizes of up to 1 m (3.3 ft) in length and 12 kg (26 lb) in weight, though the most common size is only about half of that at 0.5 m (1.6 ft). Individuals are silvery grey in color and sometimes a dark-bluish color on the back.

Juveniles form schools and feed on invertebrates, while adults are less social and prefer to consume other fish. They are generally found in the littoral zone near the banks of rivers, lagoons, and estuaries during the summer, and migrate offshore during the winter. Despite being a sought-after gamefish, it is listed as Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because it is widespread and there are no known major threats.


Giovani spigole Young sea bass
Giovani spigole Young sea bass

Spotted Seabass (Dicentrarchus punctatus), is a marine and brackish water fish, belonging to the Moronidae family, belonging to the Moronidae family, very similar to the more famous European sea bass or Sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax).  Spotted Seabass Branzino Spigola Maculata Dicentrarchus punctatus

Some features such as: the widening of the very evident sides, the larger eye in proportion; The obvious black spot on the edge of the overhead, but makes us think it may be Dicentrarchus punctatus.

It is very similar to the common sea bass, but it differs in the following characters:

  • mottling on the hips very evident and maintained even in the adult;
  • larger eye in proportion;
  • more squat silhouette;
  • black spot clearly evident on the edge of the operculum.

The size is smaller, reaching a maximum of half a meter in length for 1 kg and a half of weight.

Predator, it feeds on crustaceans, molluscs and even small fish.

It occurs in the winter in coastal waters.



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