Galjoen Coracinus capensis

The Galjoen is unique to the South African coast. It keeps mostly to shallow water, is often found in rough surf right next to the shore and is commonly known among anglers. Near rocks the colour of the Galjoen is almost completely black, while in sandy areas the colour is silver-bronze. In KwaZulu-Natal it is known as blackfish or black bream. The record size for Galjoen is over 55 cm and 7 kg, however the average is much smaller. The diet of the Galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians), small mussels and barnacles. The scales are very firmly attached and fins are well developed with prominent spines.

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