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Sunfishes and Other Odd-Shaped Fish

Bay Pipefish

Syngnathus leptorhynchus

(1-2,4-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 3,6-8: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

The closest we get to a seahorse in Monterey.

This one is pregnant.  But with pipefish, the males carry the young:
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

California Lizardfish

Synodus lucioceps

(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Guadalupe Cardinalfish

Apogon guadalupensis

(1: Hen Rock, Santa Catalina Island)

Ocean Sunfish

Mola mola

(1,3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Hopkins Deep, Monterey)

Sea lions will chew the fins off smaller sunfish and leave the rest of the fish, still alive but doomed:
(1: Lovers Point, Monterey)

Pygmy Poacher

Odontopyxis trispinosa

(1-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Aulorhynchus flavidus

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 3,5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4,6-8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea)