A uniquely-patterned schooling fish. Can be identified by a green back patterned with dark, wavy lines that extend halfway down the body and a silvery-white belly. Length up to 25 inches. One 9” mackerel present in this exhibit.
Habitat and distribution
Can be found in open coastal waters and range throughout the Pacific.
Crustaceans, fishes, and squid.
The striped patterns on pacific mackerel are thought to serve as a visual cue to aid in synchronizing schooling behavior by allowing individuals within a school to track the movements of their neighbors.