Andaman is equally beautiful both outside and underwater, with plenty of fishes that you haven’t even seen and don’t know until now. The fishes are one of the most beautiful creatures made by nature and you can’t even express the sheer feeling of witnessing them in the Andaman Islands. The marine life in Andaman makes the water world even more exciting if you explore. You can find a huge variety of fish species in the Andaman. We have come up with few of them –
The False Percula Clownfish or Common Clownfish is a marine fish belonging to the Pomacentridae family. You may have seen them in many aquariums as they are easy to breed, maintain and care for. According to the location, they are found in various colors. In Andaman, they are mainly found in orange colors with white stripes and are usually harmless creatures.
Natively called KOKARI in Andaman, Giant Trevally is the largest fish belonging to the jack family. These giant fishes can grow up to 200 lbs of weight and plunge the reefs and surface waters. Watching the fishermen catching this fish is truly a sight to behold. It can be identified by its strong tail scutes, steep head, dark spots, and silvery color. However, males can be dark or black after getting matured.
This fish is usually called Neel KOKARI in Andaman. These are widely distributed across the tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They can grow up to 43.5 kg and 117cm in length. They are identified by their tapered snout, black and blue spots on both sides and electric blue fins. It inhabits lagoons, bays, and shallow reefs, along with atolls, deeper offshore reefs, and bomboras.
The Leopards of the Reef, Coral Trout is also known as Leopard Coral Trout or Leopard Coral Grouper. It belongs to the Serranidae family and is native to its natural habitat, coral reefs, and seas. One of the main features is that they are known to change colors at different times of the day. They use every pound of weight to escape and are usually fast. They rely on prawns and a variety of reef fish for survival.
This fish looks really very beautiful and it belongs to the snapper family. It is well known as game fish. It inhabits a lot of reef settings and it grows up to 112 cm in length. It has great demand in the aquarium and commercial fisheries. It is well revered for its great fighting skills and speed.
Also called Kaw-wa Surmai and is found widely in blue waters, Wahoo is considered one of the fastest fishes and often comes in shallow waters. It is not easy to catch as it weighs up to 70 pounds. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters across the world. It is a valuable game fish for its speed and quality flesh. Its flesh can be delicate or dense, white or grey, and tastes like mackerel.
Popularly known as kingfish, King Mackerel is a migratory mackerel species which has a great demand for recreational and commercial fishing industries. They weigh around 70 lbs and grow around 2m in size. This medium size fish is hardly seen and is covered with loosely attached, small scales. Its color is olive on the back which fades to silver and rosy indescence.
Weighing up to 45kgs, Barracuda is a predatory, large fish with ray fins known for weight to escape. They look very furious and scary. It is a saltwater fish and cannot be kept in aquariums or school. It changes colors in neon shades and fights with high jumps. They live for around 5 years. It is found in subtropical and tropical oceans across the world.
Skipjack tuna is one of the widely available and beautiful fishes of the Andaman Islands and is really an amazing fish to eat. It can pump up more blood to its body as its heart is three times larger than its actual size. Hence, it swims with complete force and indulges in fierce fight. It is medium size and belongs to the tuna family. It is also known as mush mouth, arctic bonito, balaya, tongkol, striped tuna, oceanic bonito or victor fish. It is found in warm and tropical waters.
Andaman natives call it Haathi Kokari and it is also known as Mahi Mahi or Dolphin fish. This species has single dorsal fins and compressed heads running the full length of bodies of fishes. They can grow up to 40kg. It is believed that they use their high-pitched volume to communicate like dolphins. It is an offshore game fish and males have a flat forehead. It works hard to break through the fishermen’s clutches.
They are known to have bills like swords that are used to threaten the attackers and bait. Their backside is in dark blue color and the belly is in silver-white color. They usually weigh up to 110 kg and over 3m long. It is also not easy to catch and used as a famous dish in Andaman.
These colorful and vivid fishes in Andaman are like living stars in the ocean. Every fish is a soul blessed by nature with different qualities and features. On the secluded shores of Andamans, the deep sea is a paradise where no one intrudes. You will definitely fall in love with Andaman Islands tourism with their water kingdom and serenity. They are known to have diverse flora which shouldn’t be missed. The tour to the islands can be complemented with the tourists diving in the depth of sea waters and you can witness the depths of the ocean