Mullets, also known as Grey Mullets, swim in large schools and are commonly seen jumping out of the water, hence the name jumping mullet. This makes it easy for fishermen to spot the fish even in the dark.
Mullets are distinguished by the presence of two separate dorsal fins, small triangular mouths, and the absence of a lateral line organ.
- Bluish-gray or green above, shading to silver on sides with distinct horizontal black barrings, white below
- Second dorsal fin originates behind that of the dorsal fin
- Blunt nose and small mouth
The Mullet is considered a vegetarian and is the only fish that has a gizzard, much like a chicken, that is used to grind up and digest plant material.
They feed on aquatic plants and algae found floating, attached to the bottom or mixed in with surface sediments.
Mullet can be found worldwide mainly in coastal temperate and tropical waters although some species can be in fresh water.
The Mullet is very popular with commercial fishermen due to their high commercial value as a tasty fish. These fish are highly adaptable to different saline levels and including brackish water conditions. Brackish water is water that has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater.
- Firm texture
- Light meat with moderate flavor
- Lean fish