The American halfbeak is a long, skinny fish that visits the Chesapeake Bay’s shallow waters in summer and autumn.
The American halfbeak has a long, skinny, tannish-green body with a silvery belly. It grows up to 7 inches in length. Its lower jaw, which has a fleshy red tip, is much longer than its upper jaw.
Found in sandy, vegetated shallow waters. Forms schools at the water’s surface.
Visits the Bay in summer and autumn, venturing as far north as Baltimore Harbor.
The American halfbeak feeds on algae and small organisms.
Spawning occurs in the Bay during summer. Eggs attach themselves with adhesive fibers to floating blades of eelgrass.