My new favorite locally caught fish, the opah (also called moonfish), is a mystery. We know they weight 100+ pounds, are beautiful, and are becoming very popular. From Mike Lee:
Opah have something of a cult following partly because of their tasty meat and partly because of their odd appearance.
But, they are such a rare catch for fishermen that little is known about them, again from Mike Lee:
What little scientists know about opah suggests they are a highly migratory species that can quickly travel long distances. Research also shows opah dive hundreds of meters deep during the day, then come closer to the surface at night. Various opah species are found in the world’s oceans, and Owyn Snodgrass said they may live off California’s coast year round.
They are fascinating and, for now, a sustainable source of seafood. To try it stop by your local sustainable seafood store.
Here is a lucky fellow with his massive catch: