While investigating a plane wreck site this past weekend TISIRI’s Joe Kistel made a strange observation. He noticed what looked like a partially buried black sea bass that was lying on its side. Kistel assumed this was a dead sea bass that had become buried by scavengers but then noticed the eye exposed was following his (Kistel’s) every move. Kistel then thought perhaps the fish was ill as there have been reports of sickly grouper sightings lately and continued on with wreck investigation efforts after taking a few photos. Several minutes later he encountered another sea bass buried the same way in sand and captured a few more photos.
Normally TISIRI divers report encountering sea bass around areas of structure swimming freely but close to the shelter. Witnessing sea bass buried sideways is a first for TISIRI divers. It is not known if this is a normal behavior or not. If anyone has any explanation of this behavior please provide your insight in the comments section below.