National Geographic : 1990 Oct
- inch-long snipe mphosus scolo ks with a school )serving-and ten-when it fol :R to a bottom sh (left). Also d or scorpionfish, a member of the :us. side of the Pacif ies of these fish a cautionary tale of marine biology. When a snipefish was recovered from the belly of a rockfish off Santa Monica in 1962, it was the first found in California waters since 1920. Then in 1967 purse seiners looking for mackerel acciden tally found two schools of the supposedly rare snipefish that numbered 15 million individ uals. The fish had always been there, in the depths. But their numbers could not be revealed by what was then the state-of the-art method of collecting: dipnetting specimens drawn to the surface by a spotlight.