Target John Dory
Introduction: Target refers to the 'bullseye' lateral marks but the origins of the name (target) John Dory (Zeus faber) are somewhat mysterious. A favourite is from the Italian janitore meaning 'doorkeeper', whilst others believe it is a corruption of the Gascon name 'Jan Doree'. Whatever you believe Zeus is a Greek God and faber 'a blacksmith'. They are common in deep water and swim slowly but head-on towards their prey. As they are excessively thin to their intended victims they can approach to within a few centimetres, before shooting the jaws forward to snatch and catch prey.
Diet: Small fish.
Colouration: The oval-shaped body is a dull greyish-green colour. The underside is paler than the upperparts. There is a very distinctive dark, round blotch on each flank, surrounded by a silvery border.
Breeding: Spawning occurs over the continental shelf, usually during the summer. The eggs drift to the bottom of the ocean.
Max size: 75cm. Max weight: 2.7kg.
In the small holiday village of Langstrand, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, this lodge sprung to prominence when Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt used it as their base for their visit to Namibia
Situated out of town on the Rossmund Golf course, one of the world's best desert courses.