striped searobin lives on the sandy bottoms of estuaries and near-shore
shelf to depths of 600 feet from Nova Scotia to Florida, though
they are rare north of Cape Cod. They have wing-like pectoral fins
that they use to move along the bottom, feeding on shrimp, crabs,
clams, and smaller fish. These fish grow to sixteen inches and are
best known for the barking sound they make with their swim bladders.
Searobins are members of the family Triglidae and twenty-one species
are found in the waters off North America. There is no commercial
fishery for them, but sport anglers often catch them when they are
after fluke and flounder.