Caranx is a fish from the order of perciformes, family of mackerel. Residents of the Hawaiian Islands consider this underwater resident a symbol of courage and unprecedented strength. Why? It’s very simple – when fishermen catch this fish, it starts to fight and resist what they have. To do this, she wriggles in circular motions and tries to go under the water.
Karanks live in the waters of the Red Sea, as well as near the coast of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. A large number of giant quranks live off the Hawaiian islands and off the coast of Africa. Another name for this fish: carambisi, jack, king-fish, ulus, turum.
What does the giant quranx look like?
The mass of this fish is simply amazing! Giant quarantine can reach the weight of an average person: 62 kilograms. The body of this fish is also voluminous: the head is large, the body is slightly flattened from the sides, which gives the Qaranas an even bigger look.
The length of the body from head to tail in this fish reaches 170 centimeters. Because of this, Quarax is called a giant scad.
Color varied and depends on age and gender. When the quaraxes become sexually mature, the males are painted in a practically black tone, while the females turn silver or gray. And the color varies with the composition of the water and its color.
How the quranx behaves in its natural environment, and what it eats
This giant fish lives in the shallow depths of ocean and sea waters – from 10 to 100 meters. Most of all, the reefs and large bays were chosen by Qaranx. Young Karanks prefer to settle in the lagoons and in shallow water.
When the quaraxes are not too adults, they are held in flocks, which, as the fish acquires life experience, disintegrate. Therefore, adult Quaraxa are found only one at a time, but even they sometimes form short-term communities in order to successfully hunt.
Speaking of joint hunting, joining together and helping each other drive their prey, the quarantine does not care about the even distribution of the “catch”. When the food was already trapped – then every man for himself. Naturally, only the largest and most “authoritative” Karanks are fed up. The rest leave with nothing, realizing that in the hunt they were assigned only the role of extras.
Despite the large mass, the quarax is a very mobile and quite active fish. The peak of vital activity in the giant quranx occurs in the morning. But some individuals, in separate areas, prefer to hunt at night.
These representatives of horse mackerel are migratory fish. Sometimes, the seasonal movements of the hornbill are up to 30 kilometers in length. Juveniles are able to migrate even more over long distances – 70 kilometers.
Small prey becomes the prey of the quranks, and this giant predator attempts on representatives of cephalopod mollusks and crustaceans. Sometimes a pack of giant quicks can even pounce on dolphins and turtles! This once again confirms the prevailing view that the quarax is a fearless fish.