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Uploader comment: A strange fish thought to be an alligator gar.

Image status: EXPLAINED Its a real fish, most likely an alligator gar.


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Comment icon #34 Posted by numagirl22 on 2 January, 2014, 4:42
definitely an alligator gar, good sized too. not as big as they got back in the days before they were overfished, mind you, but not bad.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 17 September, 2013, 17:01
It's some kind of Gar. I know because my brother goes fishing alot, and he takes me along with him. I've seen these before
Comment icon #32 Posted by Tsuchinoko on 4 August, 2013, 21:20
It's not a Sturgeon.It's some kind of Gar.
Comment icon #31 Posted by KB304 on 20 April, 2013, 13:36
For fish size equals space. I have seen 4 foot long gold fish.I can even tell where they are a whole school of them. If you keep a gold fish in a small bowl it will get to a certain size and stop growing.I have seen fishermen land alligator gar as large as 10 feet.I have heard of Gar getting up to 14 feet long.Imagine this guy as large as a shark.
Comment icon #30 Posted by dwn2earth_girl on 12 December, 2012, 2:35
Yea its a 'gator gar. them things get real big. actually, it's something to do with living in the water, gravity doesnt affect the growth of fish like it does everything else so they basically never stop growing. These gars can get over 10ft long...
Comment icon #29 Posted by fire7fun7josh on 14 January, 2009, 0:53
defninently an alligator gar
Comment icon #28 Posted by bigdaddyinge on 18 December, 2008, 13:18
come on now people. this is definately an alligator gar. i am 100% positive because i believe the photo was taken in texas. being from texas myself, i personally have caught many alligator and needle-nosed gar, albeit not as big as this one. case closed.
Comment icon #27 Posted by draddus on 26 June, 2008, 23:36
that is an aligator gar, not an ariwana ..
Comment icon #26 Posted by guitarplainfool on 15 June, 2008, 19:52
No such critter as a "saltwater gar" they are typically fresh water but can and do thrive in brackish water depending on the salinity level.
Comment icon #25 Posted by guitarplainfool on 15 June, 2008, 19:49
Can you spell Alligator Gar, a Muskies not even in the same family a Musky is the largest member of the pike family. Alligator Gars are the largest member of a prehistoric plated fish not having typical scales. A bowfin is a shorternosed close relative of the Gars without the elongated nose and smaller teeth rather then the needle like teeth of the gars. Gar roe makes ecellent panfis bait but dont eat it's poisonous.
Comment icon #24 Posted by stonecoldinsanity on 4 March, 2008, 3:28
it looks almost like a pike, but it's obviosly to large, I'd have to agree with the others, it's an Alligator Gar
Comment icon #23 Posted by yankneck on 5 December, 2007, 20:57
100% Alligator gar and they commonly reach weights of 200lbs and better.
Comment icon #22 Posted by creagerx on 6 July, 2007, 15:45
that is a saltwater gar and not a particularly big one, there are larger ones at the corpus cristi aquarium.
Comment icon #21 Posted by kiss my bob on 3 July, 2007, 4:27
it's amazing what kind of creatures live in the ocean
Comment icon #20 Posted by darklady on 29 May, 2007, 20:33
It's a big fish all right, but I wonder how far behind the fish the person is?
Comment icon #19 Posted by circuspro on 19 November, 2006, 6:37
When I was stationed in Louisiana we used to fish for those alligator gars. I've seen many of them and they put up one heck of a fight. You ought to see how you have to fish for them, a noose with the hook dangling down from the top of the noose.
Comment icon #18 Posted by romineth on 15 September, 2006, 8:18
I wouldn't say a garr, possibly, but definitely a muskie, same thing as a garr, but incredibly huge
Comment icon #17 Posted by benoit on 10 August, 2006, 17:21
It's not a sturgeon, but a Lepisosteus spatula ( Syn. Atractosteus spatula), also called Alligator gar.
Comment icon #16 Posted by katma on 7 July, 2006, 6:47
It could be a sturgeon.
Comment icon #15 Posted by bystanderr on 29 April, 2006, 6:31
A sturgeon maybe?
Comment icon #14 Posted by wolf_of_the_dark_night on 4 April, 2006, 6:15
Alrighty people, this is an Alligator Gar!! It is usually found in areas like FLorida and the Southern USA!! google gar and Alligator GAr!!! you will find a crapload of info on them!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by bobjutsu on 6 March, 2006, 23:31
The largest scaled freshwater fish in the world, Arapaima reach lengths of up to 3 metres and weigh up to 200 kg along with another more commonly known South American fish, the much smaller Arowana.In Guyana, Arapaimas are found mainly in the Essequibo and Rupununi River and Amazon River Basin.
Comment icon #12 Posted by sketch21 on 28 December, 2005, 22:30
that is one weird fish ... and there's a huge fish dangling on a string on that photo, too ...
Comment icon #11 Posted by mattos on 27 December, 2005, 1:01
It´s just a pirarucu( "peereroocoo" ), a brazilian amazon fish.Aruană ("Arowanna" is a smaller amazon fish).
Comment icon #10 Posted by lemures on 10 December, 2005, 5:24
Ah, the alligator garr, one of nature's sexier pocket knives.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ilovescience2234 on 30 October, 2005, 23:29
I should get one of those and put it in my ex-boyfriends new girlfriends pool. That'll be the end of her!
Comment icon #8 Posted by mollow21 on 7 October, 2005, 2:15
It looks like an Arowanna (spelling is off) There are huge fish like this in the Amazon rivers.
Comment icon #7 Posted by angel88 on 23 July, 2005, 1:02
Alligator gars can get as big as an alligator. Huge fish, but they got lots of teeth, and you need a net because they'll bite through the line. You need to kill them right away, because they won't stay on a stringer. Either smashing its head open with a hammer, or stepping on its head. They get meaner when they spawn, though.
Comment icon #6 Posted by lizard lover on 14 July, 2005, 3:35
why'd he kill it?
Comment icon #5 Posted by cavemandrew on 5 July, 2005, 6:26
Looks alot like an Alligator Garr found in the Southern United States
Comment icon #4 Posted by jeenuh on 29 June, 2005, 7:35
Ew.. It reminds me of this fist my brother cought at my uncles river. bleh
Comment icon #3 Posted by threeplustuesday on 26 June, 2005, 0:12
I hate those things. They have them at the aquarium and...ugh.
Comment icon #2 Posted by animator on 24 June, 2005, 11:38
It's a Garr, and they get bigger.
Comment icon #1 Posted by mypaddedroom on 24 June, 2005, 8:26
Wow that's some fish! I seen large catfish but they seem fake. This pic really looks real. Nice pic.
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