Tainha

Tainha (Mugil brasiliensis) also known as Tainha -verdadeira, Tainhota, Tainha-de-rio, Cambão, Curimã in different places, is the Mullet that occurs in Brazil all along the coast. Larger individuals reach over 1m in total length and about 9kg. Found near the rocky shores and reefs, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps where it feeds on large amounts of algae, and go even in hyper-saline lagoons. It is a species that forms large schools especially during the reproductive migration, when entering the estuaries. It feeds on plankton, tiny organisms and plant material. In many beaches in South Brazil as in Florianópolis Island, it is very common during season to see fishermen collecting nets with the Tainha. See the blog Tainha na Rede for local culture.