How to Draw a Black Sea Bass

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Black Sea Bass in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Black Sea Bass.

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How to Draw a Black Sea Bass - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the outline of the Black Sea Bass using gently curved lines as shown in the image. The body of the sea bass is shaped like a broad oval. Draw a groove at one end of the body for the mouth of the sea bass.

Step 2: Draw a tiny circle for the eye and then draw a small ring around it.

Step 3: Starting at the groove you drew in the first step, draw a small slanting line for the mouth of the Black Sea Bass.

Step 4: Draw an arched, jagged line on the back of the sea bass. Draw the pointed end of the upper fin near the end of the fish's body using small, gently curved lines.

Step 5: Draw U-shaped curves for the two fins at the lower middle part of the Black Sea Bass. Draw a wavy line for the lower fin of the sea bass.

Step 6: Draw a broad fan-shaped tail for the Black Sea Bass using curved lines and draw the edge of the fin detail using a slightly wavy line.

Step 7: Draw a C- shaped line to outline the gill openings of the fish. Then, draw small slanting lines across all the fins and the tail of the sea bass.

Step 8: To complete your drawing, draw some small, ring shapes to show the scales and body markings of the Black Sea Bass. After you finish your drawing, you can color it.

Interesting Facts about the Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata):

The Black Sea Bass is a plump, black or dusky brown fish with a paler belly, having fins with spots and bands of white. Growing slowly to reach about 2 feet and 9 pounds, the Black Sea Bass is also known as a sea bass, blackfish, rock bass, black bass, and tallywag. These fish are found in reefs and oyster beds down the U.S. east coast. Black Sea Bass migrate when the water temperature changes, moving to bays and coastal areas in the spring, then farther offshore in the fall.

Did you know?

  • Black Sea Bass are “protogynous hermaphrodites,” meaning most Black Sea Bass start out as females, and as they mature and grow, they become males.
  • During spawning season, male Black Sea Bass turn bright blue and develop a large blue hump on their heads.
  • Black Sea Bass will eat crabs, shrimp, worms, small fish, and clams, but they are also prey: Little skate, spiny dogfish, monkfish, spotted hake, summer flounder and humans all eat Black Sea Bass.
  • Females can live up to 8 years; males live up to 12.
  • The United States is the only source for Black Sea Bass.

Scientists have been aware since 2000 that the number of Black Sea Bass was decreasing. Part of the reason for the decrease is thought to be the gradual warming of the coastal waters, which affects fish reproduction. Overfishing is another reason the supply has dwindled, so strict limits have been placed on both commercial and recreational fishermen. When limits are met, fish cannot be sold and recreational areas are closed. These limits are working to protect the Black Sea Bass, whose numbers are now increasing.