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Introduction: Hottentot (Pachymetopon blochii) are a plump looking fish that frequents both shallow and deep-water reefs. Commercial and sport anglers catch them on line from the shore and dinghy. Spearfishermen also catch Hottentot which are popular in restaurants. Pachymetopon means 'thick forehead' and blochii comes from the renowned ichthyologist, Bloch. The common name Hottentot refers to indigenous beachcombers selling this fish to early settlers.

Distribution: The entire length of the Namibian coastline including Mwe Bay, Terrace Bay, Torra Bay, Sandwich Harbour and Penguin Island.

Diet: Red, brown and green seaweeds, amphipods, crabs, shrimps, anchovies and redbait.

Colouration: Bluish-grey overall with an upper golden-green sheen and a white belly. The fins are dusky and the pectoral rear axils are black.

Breeding: Sexual maturity is reached at the age of years when the reach a length of 20cm.

Max size: 40cm. Max weight: 3kg.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Namibia Safari