Juan Pablo “Tropicana” Martinez, Loreto, Baja California Sur, reported capturing a strange fish of almost six feet in length last Saturday in the waters of the Bay National Park of Loreto. This strange looking fish was identified as a louvar (imperialis luvarus).
According to information provided, the louvar was captured in the Bay National Park of Loreto, a park which was created by a Presidential Decree and approved by the Mexican Federal Congress on July 19, 1996, which covers slightly less than 800 square miles of the Sea of Cortez, ranging from Isla Coronado in the north to Isla Catalana in the south. The park was added to the United Nation’s list of protected World Heritage Sites on July 14, 2005.
The Sea of Cortez has been known to have over 800 different species of marine life inhabiting its warm waters.
Martinez arrived at the Loreto port after an ordinary day of fishing with his catch, which included this seldom-seen species. Moments after arriving at the dock, older fishermen involved in research activities within the Loreto Bay National Park confirmed that it was a louvar. The fish, which is accustomed to traveling alone, is rarely captured. According to information disclosed by the Biologist Juan José Ulibarría Valenzuela, its main feature is the mixture of red, orange and pink, making it easy to identify.
Martinez’ fish, captured over the weekend, was an adult male and measured 5′ 9″.
“Louvar are rarely seen by humans, though they sometimes rise to the surface of the sea to eat jellyfish and other gelatinous animals.The louvar is another example of the incredible diversity of marine creatures living within the Loreto Bay National Park and this region of the Sea of Cortez,” Biologist Ulibarría Valenzuela commented.
It was nearly two years ago when we introduced you to this unusual sea creature. Seems like even farther up in the Sea of Cortez, they have taken residence. Can’t wait to see what other surprises will appear from the depths this spring.
Photo Credit: Marine Creations Taxidermy