Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Giant Sea Bass

Stereolepis gigas


Fun Facts

    This fish is huge, growing over 7.5 feet long and weighing over 500 pounds.




This giant fish grows to 7.5 feet and up to 560 pounds and lives to 70 years of age.  Found near rocky caves, ledges and near kelp beds at depths from 20 to 150 feet, they are truly awe-inspiring when seen underwater.  Now off-limits for fisherman and divers, these fish once close to extinction are making a comeback.  Black sea bass change sex from female to male as they mature into adults.  They are curious and intelligent animals that range from Humboldt Bay to the Gulf of California. 
Black sea bass are usually found at the Aquarium in tank number 21 and 33.