This is the Bowfin, They have been around for more than 150,000,000 years, a survivor from the Jurassic period of the Mesozoic era, The world record is 21# so this one is much smaller, but still quite voracious, has really sharp pointy teeth, it shredded the rubber worm i caught it on, thats why im wearing gloves to handle it with. Lots of monster fish keepers would have loved to been there to take this guy home...too much for my tanks plus i want to keep the fish i have.
You can Google Bowfin to get a better pic i only got one with my camera phone. i caught it on a lime green, rubber worm , with a squiggly tail. it was more like an attack than a normal bite. was casting up against some emersed brush and wham!!!, the fight was on, fought like a 10 pounder, on steroids
I have two 500 gallon round tubs that are at my school, and we're starting an educational exhibit for native and exotic invasive fish (seperate of course). maybe we can use him... it's at my aquaculture program at school...
This guy is a serious predator, basically an eating machine. So in very short order he would be alone in any tank he was in. I released him back where i caught him, but do think he would make an interesting species exhibit, if you had a really large tank.
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