Striped Mullet

Mugil Cephalus

High tide is feeding time for the Striped Mullet. Schools of these flat-headed fish swim up tidal creeks to eat the algae growing on the muddy bottom. Sometimes, they throw their olive and silver bodies into the air, making a big splash as they fall back again. No one knows exactly why they do this, but it may serve to confuse predators.

Fun Fact:
During high tide, you might see these torpedo-shaped fish leaping out of the water.

What’s for Lunch:
Mouthfuls of algae and decaying organic matter scooped from the bottom

Where’s Home:
San Elijo Lagoon year-round; out at sea when it's time to spawn