Lobotidae - tripletails

This family contains two species, the Atlantic tripletail and the Pacific tripletail. Only the Atlantic tripletail is found in our area. The fishes get their name from the long, rounded shapes of the dorsal and anal fins which give the fishes the appearance of having three tails. These are sluggish fishes and are often seen floating on their side, especially around weed lines or floating debris. They can also be found around shipwrecks, jetties, beacons and sea buoys. Although bony, the flesh is considered excellent eating.