The Miami Herald - Bonefish mating still secretive

Bonefish mating still secretive

University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist and Andy Danylchuk rocked the flats-fishing world in May when he became first to document bonefish spawning behavior in the Bahamas.

The study, conducted in Eluthera and published in the journal Marine Biology, described how the shallow-water speedsters gather in schools of more than 1,000 for a few days around the full and new moons from October to May, then head offshore to waters more than 1,000 feet deep to reproduce at night. Researchers took video of bonefish leaping out of the water like porpoises as they headed offshore and theorized this might be courtship behavior.

Posted on The Miami Herald, 29 June 2011