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Spanish Armada - (Copyright Craig Bertram Smith-2010)
Acrylic on board (30cm X 42.5cm)
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Spanish or king mackerel (couta) are powerful and voracious feeders with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth. Apart from their dental armoury, they are highly streamlined and their sickle shaped tails allow them to reach speeds of up to 75km/h, making them the ultimate open water hunter.

They are a pelagic species and highly migratory, travelling thousands of kilometers. I wanted to indicate this in the painting showing a school of them in the middle of their journey, heading for better feeding grounds - possibly the Natal coast in search of sardines.

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