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Fred, I know sea bass lay on their side, vertical and in crevaces/holes ect. But, I have a young seabass in my tank caught in a minnow trap last year that is growing but acting like a flounder. It routinely plunges itself into the gravel and exposes only its mouth and one eye and stays like that for awhile. For the minority part of the time it takes refuge under seaweed and is quite shy. Is this normal behavior for a sea bass? I have never heard of such a thing for a seabass to play flounder.
 

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Seabass and tog are two strange acting fish. Last year one of our two seabass would dig into the gravel like you described.

Years ago I had plastic plants set up in the back of the tank. They would sway back and forth from the filter pressure. Whenever Someone came into the room the seabass would swim inside the plants, stand on their heads and sway with the plant movements.

Some fish will always be shy and it's not just species. Like I said before. One bass would dig into the gravel and the other would come right up to the glass and stare at you. They are as different as people.
 

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I also have a much larger seabass that does the shyness thing in the back of the tank when you walk into the room or near the door. It will quickly move to the back of the tank, around a rock and lay on its side. Even if I put my face up to the side of the tank, he sits there and will not move. On the other hand, If I sit in the room/den and watch the front of the tank or the other side where the computer is, and especially if I turn on the computer, the large seabass will swim over and intently watch me. He is probably wondering why he is 60 miles west when he is to be 60 miles east right now. Anyway, they seem very smart and keenly aware of their surroundings. Maybe there are some divers out there with some seabass stories.
On another note, the pompano that Rageboats son caught last year in the Stone Harbor surf has tripled in size, and swims constantly. I think it could have made it to Florida by last December.
 

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Just might have a rare species there....Peek-aboo-bass! No doubt about it IMHO! :D Honestly...believe it's inbred as to survive & complete the "meaning of life" (probagation)
Big tog tend to hide as well when you are spearing for them in/on their turf (they see you first...gone in a flash). Go looking as to whereabouts = waisted time & air. Fish smarts?....Go figgure
 

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OK, heres another. While diving a flattened tanker (age collapse) off N. Carolina had my left hand grasping an overhang of steel plate. I was steadyin from a bit of surge while eyes adjusted to the darkness under this structure (a large sheepshead had just ziped in there). While lining up the shot (took some time as the fish was hideing behind everything under there) I feel this "thump, thump" on my left hand fingers (no gloves). Pull my head out for a look-see & a BIG sea bass krapped & ran. Laughed so hard swallowed some water
. Yea, fish can hide, no doubt about it!
 
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