There is Something Fishy here…Why I dont Eat Tilapia


Yummy Tilapia!

This continues our Series of Salton Sea Shots. This was from the North Shore, not far from the abandoned Cafe from previous posts. Our first voyage to Salton Sea many years ago was quite exciting as we approached the Beach on the West side….it was sparkling white! WOW. As we got closer, it became obvious that the “white” was from thousands of sun bleached fish bones! Here, on the North side, these guys still need a bit of decay and some hot Cali Sun before they can transform this beach into pearlescent beauty! 🙂

Salton Sea is home to a large population of Oreochromis mossambicus known locally as Salton Sea Tilapia. How they got into the Salton Sea is not known for certain.  Salton Sea tilapia feed on plant material, phytoplankton (particularly diatoms), copeepods, rotifers, barnacle and larve, and small anneild worms. One peculiarity of the Salton Sea are the periodic algae blooms that cause the fish, including the Salton Sea tilapia, to die in massive numbers, causing a particularly nasty smell. Tilapia is very popular now but I would never put it on my table….not only due to its eating habits, appearance, none descript texture and taste, but I prefer something I can catch myself, like a crafty Rainbow Trout!

Thanks for the visit and may you enjoy your Tilapia Fish Taco! 😉



4 responses

  1. Yep, that first view is always a winner, lol.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  2. Don’t worry about the tilapias that you find at the market as they don’t come from these murky waters but rather from fish farms which are clean and controlled.

    Good shot!

    March 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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