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Elephant Fish


Introduction: Elephant fish (Callorhinchus capensis) have a steep forehead, long, pointed tail and a downward projecting trunk-like lobe. Fairly common bottom-dwelling species found mainly in shallow water. Also known as ratfish or the plownose chimaera. Callorhinchus means 'hard-skinned snout'. Capensis is 'of the Cape'.

Distribution: From the Orange River to Walvis Bay.

Diet: Brittlestars, shrimps, crabs, molluscs and several species of slow-moving fish.

Colouration: Overall body colour silver.

Breeding: Takes place during the summer months. Females deposit 2, pointed, brown egg cases on the sea-bed.

Max size: 100cm. Max weight: 6kg.

Amjicaja Guest House

5km from the town center and within walking distance of the lagoon

Courtyard Hotel - Walvis Bay

A business hotel close to the town center

Lagoon Lodge

A bright & cozy lodge overlooking the lagoon and close to all of the cities amenities

Oyster Box Guest House

A small, upmarket, owner managed guest house offering excellent views over the Walvis Bay lagoon

Pelican Bay Hotel

Well situated with views over the lagoon and close to the ever popular Raft Restaurant

Pelican Point Lodge

Adjacent to a light house on a remote peninsula near the town of Walvis Bay. Pelican Point Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil, remote & unspoiled environment

Spindrift Guest House

A friendly & relaxing eight roomed guest house

Namibia Safari