Encounters under the boat - Amberjack Seriola dumerilii
During navigation it sometimes happens that we stop for various needs, take stock of the ship, check the GPS, look at conspicuous points on the ground to detect the position, or simply to rest and swim. Encounters under the boat Incontri sotto la barca Amberjack Ricciola
And sometimes we happen to find fish that strangely take shelter under our hull. In this case we are about 7/8 miles from the coast, therefore practically in the open sea, while with the engine off we were trying to check the seabed with the sounder to look for a new dive point.
Encounters under the boat Incontri sotto la barca Amberjack Ricciola
In this video we see a small Amberjack (Seriola dumerilii) which, as soon as the boat stops, takes refuge under the boat, remaining underneath for several minutes as if to protect itself from the sun or from who knows what predator.
We don’t know what the reason for this behavior is, what is certain is that when amberjacks are small they often seek shelter under large jellyfish and floating objects, but they are almost always together with other specimens of their species, they rarely remain under the boat together with a diver for such a long time.
Amberjack or Yellowtail (Seriola dumerili Risso 1810) is a marine fish belonging to the Carangidae family.
Distribution and habitat
It is found in the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, near India and in the Atlantic Ocean, from 0 to 360 meters deep, more often between 20 and 70 meters.
It is the largest fish of the trevally family, reaching 2 meters in length and 70–100 kg in weight. It is a pelagic fish characterized by a silvery blue color, with a gold longitudinal line, a swallowtail and two dorsal fins, the first short and the second long. It has an oblique brown bar that crosses the eye, which is also golden.