- Oval-shaped fish with small mouth
- Dark blue, olive brown, or grayish black back, becoming lighter on belly
- Lighter gray blotches on sides
- No spots on dorsal fin
- Bottom fin straight, not rounded, which distinguishes it from the black rockfish
- Up to 21 inches in length
- The Bering Sea to Punta Baja, Baja California, Mexico
- Rocky bottoms, rocky shores, kelp beds, even shipwrecks!
- Depths of 0-300 feet, but most commonly 0-100 feet
- Salps (gelatinous plankton), jellyfish, shrimp, crustaceans, small fishes, and algae
- Juveniles are eaten by lingcod, salmonids (salmon and trout), and other larger fish
- Adults are eaten by marine mammals like harbor seals
- Blue rockfish are often found in large schools.
- Rockfish hatch their eggs internally and give birth to live young, which are quite small and helpless. A female blue rockfish can contain 500,000 eggs at a time!
- They can live to be quite old fish, up to 44 years old!
- This species was redescribed by Frable et al., 2015. Ben Frable is the collections manager of the Marine Vertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Sources: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Encyclopedia of Puget Sound; California Finfish and Shellfish Identification Book
Photo: Howard Hall