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Cobia is distributed in most tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. They can be found from coastal water to the open sea, usually in small group. Their body is elongated, with a broad and depressed head. The first dorsal fin consists of 8 short isolated spines not connected by membrane. They feed on fish, shrimp, squid, and crabs. They can grow to 2 meters total length.

Cobia is a favorite with sport fishermen due to its fighting ability, endurance, strength and speed. They are popular for their resistance to be captured and multiple powerful runs. They are attracted to inanimate objects in the sea, appear to be attracted to noise and show a strong tendency to lie in the shadow of a boat. To a large extent, cobia feed near the bottom but may also take prey near the surface.