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 Post subject: Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea various fish/fishing
PostPosted: June 7th, 2017, 1:44 am 
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I spent the winter of 2016/17 on Bioko island, which was the second time I have done that. I stayed at Moraka Playa, which is a remote field camp about 3 hours walk from a road. There are some great rivers there, as well as being right on the beach. There are tide pools in front of camp and a great house reef, but we didn't learn this until the second to last day. The ocean is rough and I would say 1 day 15 is calm enough to snorkel off camp.

Tide pool fish
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I also spear fished. Mostly in the rivers, but a few times in the ocean.
Snapper
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Some sort of Parrotfish, or as the locals say, Bananafish.
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Not sure what this is. Didn't taste great, locals called it "Full Belly".
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There is one protected place where we snorkeled in the ocean on occasion.
Scorpion Fish
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I have no idea what these are, please tell me if you do.
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Our favorite river in the world is the Tope Tomo. It enters the ocean about 15 minutes west of Moraka. We bathe there and I did a fair amount of fishing there, mullet and snapper. It is a clear water river and has good snorkeling. I have no idea what any of these fish actually are, so the names I will use are the ones we made up.

This is an "Orange-eye Fish". They swim at the surface and have orange eyes. They are a bit iridescent in the light. I could only get a photo out of the water.
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About 10 minutes upstream is a nice pool under a cascade. This is the best place to photograph fish. I did not have an underwater camera, and was only able to borrow one for one day.
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This is a "Grumpy Fish". They like spaghetti a lot.
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We called this one "Super Grumpy Fish"
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Not sure if this is a young Super Grumpy Fish or something else.
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This is a "Blue Dancing Fish", because of their displays.
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The rest we didn't name.
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 Post subject: Re: Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea various fish/fishing
PostPosted: July 13th, 2017, 1:14 pm 

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Amazing, looks like a place I need to spend winter! I'd love to snorkel around that pool by the cascade.

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