Pacific Sand Lance
(Ammodytes hexapterus)

image of a Pacific Sand Lance

Image ID: 240-00

Comments : Sekui Jetty is a great place to see these fish. They sit buried in the gravel right near the beach, and as you swim up the slope to exit at the end of the dive they shoot out of the gravel in front of you. If you sneak along breathing very shallow you can get close enough to watch all the gravel squirm and shake as they sense you coming and start to get nervous. A GREAT way to end your night dive!
Common name : Pacific Sand Lance
Scientific Name : Ammodytes hexapterus
Location Found : Sekui Jetty, Strait of Juan de Fuca
Actual Size : 1 inch above gravel
Camera Used : Canon D60 digital in Ikelite Housing
Natural History :