Yellow or three-band perch,
Sebastes trivittatus
Yellow or three-band perch     The three-band perch inhabits Primorye waters permanently. Its unique body color, powerful spines and prickles on the head and fins do not allow confusing it with some other fish when it occurs underwater. At the same time, its young do not have a longitudinal, but transversely striped color that changes as the fish grows. Among adult specimens, some fish occur with light yellow, almost white bands.
   Occasionally three-band sea perches are up to 50 cm long to weigh several kilograms; however, such specimens occur rarely and may rightfully be assigned to УpatriarchsФ several decades old. Sea perches are characterized by very slow growth, and can reproduce only by the age of eight or ten. The females spawn up to several hundred thousand larvae. At first they lead a pelagic lifestyle to be scattered by currents to subsequently grow to spread over usual habitats of adult fish, such as rocky sites, underwater caves and grottoes at depths ranging from 15 to 30 m, where they lead a settled life in small groups. Due to their slow growth, inactive lifestyle and trustful attitudes towards humans (perches would not only approach a frogman, but also often take food from him), their population in places often visited by underwater game hunters is low. Neither does perch form accumulations where they could be targeted for commercial fishing.
   Encounters with the three-band perch in the gray-green semi-dark depths of the sea among chaotic and bleak cliff piles would be remembered for a long time. Take care of sea perches because they have poisonous glands at the base of their sharp ray-prickles, and the small wounds they inflict could become inflamed and not heal for a long time.