Official State Marine Fish of California
The garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) is the largest of the damselfish family (Pomacentridae). Found in shallow waters off the coast of southern California and Mexico, the garibaldi is a golden-orange fish typically 14 inches in length as an adult.
When disturbed, garibaldi emit a thumping sound which can be heard by divers! Garibaldi males build the nests; the female enters several of them and then makes her decision. The garibaldi is one of the few fish to use the same nesting site every year.