Cobia / मोडुसा

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The cobia is a carnivorous marine fish that can reach a maximum size of 6 feet (183 cm) and 150 pounds (68 kg). It has a large, broad head and almost shark-like body shape.

As voracious eaters, cobia often engulf their prey whole, feeding on crustaceans, cephalopods, and small fishes such as mullet, eels, jacks, snappers, pinfish, croakers, grunts, and herring. Its favourite food is crabs, hence the common name of “crab eater”.. They will follow rays, turtles, and sharks, sneaking in to scavenge whatever are left behind. One study found 28 different species of animals in cobia stomachs. Studies have also found that cobias eating cow nose rays.

Fertilised eggs are buoyant and are kept afloat by a large oil globule in the egg until they hatch in 36 hours. Cobias are known to live at least 10 years.

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