Creature Feature: A cute, quirky SF Bay fish resembles a baby dragon close-up


Looking like a baby dragon when photographed close up, this fish has been calling the San Francisco Bay home since the 1960s.

The yellowfin goby -- with its large protruding eyes and unusual pelvic fin -- is a unique, quirky little fish that is now commonly found throughout the Bay and into the Delta region. As such, it is also commonly used in Marine Science Institute’s education programs.

The yellowfin goby first surfaced in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River system in 1963. It is believed to have been to California via ballast water or as eggs on oysters attached to ships hulls.

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