Shark like fish ID needed

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  1. Express Reef

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    Hi,

    can anyone id this fish? My friend is down at the coast and send me the pics... He tells me he managed to catch it by hand 5 times, swims like a shark...

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    Tagging.
    Which coast is it? Natal, cape east, cape west?
    It has large pectoral fins for such a small fish!
     
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    North Coast Ballito
     
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    That's a bluebottle fish (Nomeus gronovii) - leave it be.
     
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    Already back in the waters boet, was just curious what it is...
     
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    @Xenobalistes thanx for the id, do you know more about this fish?
     
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    Yeah lots, very common in the open water around SA...

    "Found offshore in warm waters. Juveniles pelagic in coastal and offshore waters down to at least 30 m, but adults possibly demersal in deep water (Ref. 9563). Occur in association with floating Portuguese man-of-war, Physalia, feeding on its tentacles and gonads and may drift with it into shore waters with proper wind conditions (Ref. 4777). Probably also feed on other soft-bodied jellyfish as well as on zooplankton (Ref.4777)."
     
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    Cool thanx dude:p
     
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