Introduction: Dense shoals of cutlassfish (Trichiurus lepturus) make them vulnerable to net capture. There pointed tails, barbed fangs and the absence of a pelvic fin assists fishermen as to their identity. Trichiurus means 'hair-like tail' and lepturus refers to their slender tail. They are also known as ribbonfish, walla-walla or hairtail.
Distribution: A wide range throughout Namibian waters generally confined to the continental shelf in shallow sandy waters up to depths of 300m. Numbers around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Torra and Terrace Bays, Sandwich Harbour and Luderitz increase during summer in temperate waters.
Diet: Anchovies, small squid, prawns, mantis shrimps and other small, ocean dwelling fish.
Colouration: Overall bright silver with the upper body coloured bluish green.
Breeding: Spawning is usually restricted to females over 70cm.
Max size: 200cm. Max weight: 2.4kg.
view the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran
A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Quad biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed
An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour
A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour
Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon