Tubesnout     Aulorhynchus flavidus


This interesting fish has a long thin body which at first glance resembles a Pipefish, but it is more closely related to the Three-spine Stickleback.  The Tubesnout can be thought of as a stretched out stickleback.  Schools of this species are often seen around dock and piling snapping up plankton with their tiny mouths.  They can also be found hovering around seaweed beds, especially the larger kelp. 


The Tubesnout is a shallow water fish commonly staying within 30 ft of the surface however adults have been seen as deep as 100 ft.  They are only found in the NE Pacific Ocean from SE Alaska to Baja California.


Like the stickleback, Tubesnouts are nesters.  Seaweed is glued together by the male, using a sticky secretion to form a nest.  Females are lured into the nest where eggs are laid with the male fertilizing them.  Up to ten females may lay eggs in the nest.  The male then guards the nest for the next three weeks till the eggs hatch and the young swim away.