Giant Ocean Tank
New School: Palometas
Introducing our new school of excitable and flashy fish the palometas (Trachinotus goodei). These guys join the other eight species of jacks (Family Carangidae) in the Giant Ocean Tank and are most closely related to the permits and Florida pompanos, sharing a genus.
Palometas tend to stay higher up in the water column, schooling above reefs in shallow waters, as can be seen in the video below. They can be distinguished from other Jack species by their size (no larger than 18”), their elongated dorsal and anal fins and 4 body bars, though these do fade as they age. What’s especially interesting is that these beautiful fish were bred in captivity. Come by to see them and their super cool schooling capabilities!