(Photo by Dr. Thomas Turner, UCSB)

It’s a science story which sounds more like a sci-fi story. A fish washed up on a South Coast beach. No big deal, right? Except this fish is seven feet wide, seven feet long, weighs hundreds of pounds, and is normally only found in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s what’s known as a Hoodwinker Sunfish.

They are primitive, almost scary-looking fish once commonly found off the Central and South Coasts. Imagine an eel-like creature with a mouth thar looks like a suction cup with teeth.

The fish are Pacific Lampreys, and they are almost gone in our region.

Cachuma Lake may be at record-low levels, but fishing remains popular from both the shore and on boats.

Those fishermen and women will be happy to know that 4,000 pounds of triploid rainbow trout will be dropped into the lake on November 8.


Picture this. You’re swimming in the ocean, and you look over, and see a giant, six foot long fish.

It could happen.