From deb Clarke;


found it in a tank at the Seapocket Lab of the Gloucester Maritime Center

http://www.gloucestermaritimecenter.org/. A simple google search identified the image as a grunt, my Audubon field guide identifies it as a Porgy.

I’m gathering this information for a new body of work based on fish that I have not painted before. Some of the new paintings will be of favorite aquarium fish that I have lived with. Others will be new encounters through tidepools, my visit to the Maritime Center, the Boston Aquarium (a visit is next on my list). The artwork will exhibit up in Maine in the New Year. to see my progress subscribe to my blog:






  • Hi-
    Thanks for your interest in this great specimen at Maritime Gloucester. This fish was brought in by a local fisherman last week (I’m sorry I missed your name, I will try to update with a proper thank you later!). It was caught locally in a mooring field. We believe that it is a Rudderfish (aka Amberjack or Pilotfish) Sierola zonata. They are quite uncommon in the area but there is a record of one found in Gloucester Harbor in 1949. I’ve sent some photos out to some local experts for a firm identification. More information about this species can be found through following this link: http://www.gma.org/fogm/Seriola_zonata.htm. If anyone has any further information I’d love to hear from you. We are grateful to all of the local fishermen who share there rare finds with us and the community!
    Mary Kay Taylor
    Education Director, Maritime Gloucester

  • Looks like a zebra

  • Definitely looks like a banded rudderfish to me (Seriola zonata). We saw a few small ones swimming under high fliers east of Cape Ann last year.

  • Thank you for the information! I am so excited and this fish will be in one of my new paintings (will be reverse glass…aka..verre eglomise).

    Micah: what are ‘high fliers’?

    best to everyone, deb…and yes, it does look like a zebra.

  • “High fliers” are like the typical lobster buoy you see close to shore, only with a much taller stick and a metal radar reflector at the top. They’re often used to mark the ends of gillnets or strings of offshore lobster traps.

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