-(Abudefduf saxatilis) also known as the sergeant major. A fish that is common to temperate ocean waters. They are rarely spotted in these territories.
In the excellent book, Peces de las Islas Canarias by Alberto Brito and others, mention is made only of one captured specimen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1991 and of another observed specimen at a nearby beach. In fact, the photo that accompanies the text in the book had to be taken from an immersion habitat at Cabo Verde.
I was searching in the internet for the fish, and apparently there have been some cases in which a stray fish has left its natural habitat and ends up in another habitat such as this one. In any case this character (above photo) was circling the Barra (at the altitude of the Reina Isabel) for some three weeks at the end of August last year. It later disappeared and I never saw it again. Nevertheless, the anomaly has been documented here. I remember when I ran across it for the first time, I thought, “bloody hell, this little gal’s got tropical colours”. Afterwards, I remember having seen it in documentaries of the Caribbean and in the film, Inmersión Letal, which appeared a few months ago. Apparently it is sold frequently in shops across the USA, given its beautiful colours, and brought home and placed in the aquariums.-
Translation: Students from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.