Lookdown—and Around

The lookdown (Selene sp.) is easily recognizable by its super-slender silhouette and steep profile. This slim shape helps when it comes to avoiding predators. The silver fish schools in the open ocean, making it hard for bigger fish to pick off a single lookdown from the pack. Plus, because of its narrow structure, the fish confuses predators by turning toward them and almost disappearing.

When it's the lookdown's turn to hunt, this fast, carnivorous fish feeds best at dawn and dusk, when its sharp vision gives it an advantage over prey. In the wild, this fish lives in the warm waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. At the Aquarium, you can watch a lot of lookdowns swirl around and around in our special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge.

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