Introduction: Skipjacks (Katsuwonus pelamis) are also called oceanic bonito. Their torpedo-shaped bodies are often observed in large shoals after prey. The lateral line has a distinctive tip below the 2nd dorsal fin. Fins are well-developed. Both jaws are armed with minute teeth. Katsuwonus is a Japanese name for this fish and pelamis is 'white wax'. They are so-called because of their habit of 'skipping' along the surface.
Distribution: Throughout Namibian coastal and oceanic waters.
Diet: Krill, anchovies, pilchards, juvenile fish, squid, mantis shrimps are strained through gill rakers which prevent water from entering the mouth.
Colouration: Dark blue back and silvery white belly. Between 4 and 10 longitudinal black bands line the lower body flanks.
Breeding: Spawning occurs during the summer months once the sexual maturity length of 40 to 50cm has been attained.
Max size: 75cm. Max weight: 9.1kg.
Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.
Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town
Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool
Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.
A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4
Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.