Permits can be distinguished by their elongated dorsal fins and anal fin.The dorsal fin is shaped like a scythe. Permit tails are also deeply forked, and their bodies are compressed laterally, making the fish tall and thin when viewed from the front.The average permit has six to seven dorsal spines, and eighteen to twenty one soft rays. The anal fin has two to three spines, and sixteen to eighteen soft rays. Both dorsal and anal fins have dark, anterior lobes. Permits have no scutes and have a large, orange-yellow patch on their abdomens in front of their anal fins, while their pectoral fins are dark The Permit fish can reach a maximum length of 122 cm and can weigh up to 36 kg
Permit are usually found in shallow, tropical waters such as flats, channels, and muddy bottoms. Permit are found in the western Atlantic ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, including most of the Caribbean islands.
Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88
Spotted on Jun 28, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012