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schneidz 06-05-2013 10:08 AM

why do people call it sea bass ?
sorry not sure where else to find this answer...

why do people usually refer to sea bass while ordering at a restaurant or something (instead of the shortened bass).

is there some sort of land bass that i'm not aware of ?; air bass (space bass) ?

amani 06-05-2013 10:27 AM

bass would mean "increase the bass in any multimedia equipment".

gnashley 06-05-2013 10:34 AM

Sea bass as opposed to fresh-water bass.

schneidz 06-05-2013 02:10 PM

thanks gnashley... so sea-water is always salt-water.

frankbell 06-05-2013 08:41 PM

Yes, "sea bass" is an ocean fish, just as "sea trout" is an ocean fish.

shane25119 06-05-2013 08:47 PM

Sea Bass is my nickname for my cat (His name is Sebastian).

jefro 06-05-2013 09:26 PM

It is a type of Grouper.

schneidz 06-06-2013 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 4966209)
Yes, "sea bass" is an ocean fish, just as "sea trout" is an ocean fish.

now i'm being facetious. thats even more confusing; they dont even swim in seas (they swim in oceans).

seriously, never heard of them being referred to as sea trout before (is that because there is no such thing as fresh water trout ?)

i dont eat seafood; probably the reason i am ignorant in such matters.

frankbell 06-06-2013 06:12 PM


they dont even swim in seas (they swim in oceans).
(Grin) as in the "I sailed the seven oceans"?

I think to some extent this sort of terminology is regional. I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Sea:), and "sea trout" was a common term there.

cynwulf 06-07-2013 11:08 AM

A sea is smaller than an ocean. Think of a sea as a kind of "sub ocean" or region. For example the Sargasso is a sea region of the Atlantic (Ocean), the Arabian Sea is in the Indian Ocean and the Bering Sea is in the Pacific.

frankbell 06-07-2013 05:48 PM

I think this nit has been sufficiently split.

cynwulf 06-08-2013 11:57 AM

Splitting hairs
Picking nits

Habitual 06-08-2013 12:13 PM

Because "Lance Bass" was taken.

jefro 06-08-2013 12:25 PM

In many countries the names they call fish or other products are a result of market testing. A type of fish that was called by some name in 1950 may now have a new name to try to encourage shoppers to try it. Calling a fish sea bass or whitefish may be easier for shoppers to try.

In reality the fish ought to be sold as exactly what fish they are. I'd suspect that a dna test of the fish in a local store would result in some very different than marked results.

frankbell 06-08-2013 08:04 PM

jefro speaks true.

but I don't think it has anything to do with "sea trout." I do think that that is a truly vernacular usage.

Mahi-mahi is one example of a marketing name for a fish. It used to be called "dolphin fish" (no relation to porpoises). If you read Kon-Tiki (and, if you haven't, you should), there are frequent references to eating "dolphin," by which they mean the fish, not the mammal.

They came up with mahi-mahi because of Flipper.

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