Red Sea Needlefish (Tylosurus choram)

Also known as Alligator Gar, Crocodile Longtom, Full Beak, Gar, Garfish, Giant Longtom, Hound Needlefish, Houndfish, Longtom, Ocean Piper, Red Sea Houndfish, Ruppell's Alligator Gar, Seagars

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Also known as Alligator Gar, Crocodile Longtom, Full Beak, Gar, Garfish, Giant Longtom, Hound Needlefish, Houndfish, Longtom, Ocean Piper, Red Sea Houndfish, Ruppell's Alligator Gar, Seagars.

Found singly or in small schools close to shore and the surface of the water over sand and reef areas.
They feed on small surface fish.
Length - 120cm
Depth - 0-5m
Western Indian Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean - Red Sea to Gulf of Oman

Needlefish hunt smaller fish just below the surface of the sea, but in turn the are also hunted by larger fish like Tuna and can sometimes be seen leaping into the air and seeming to skip along on their tails on the surface of the water to escape predators.
Potentially dangerous at night when attracted to light as they leap out of the water and have been known to cause fatalities with their beaks! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Tylosurus-choram.html

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