South Carolina coastal fish Identification

Something strange washed ashore on Folly Beach in South Carolina this past weekend. The beast had some wondering if it was some sort of new species.

A veterinarian from a South Carolina aquarium identified the fish as a sturgeon. The Atlantic sturgeon can grow to 15 feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds.

Tip: Cryptozoology Online: Daily News

The sturgeon is a freaky looking thing, for sure. This one may be missing its head. There ought to be a name for odd-looking things that wash up on the shore where people freak out before finally asking someone who might be zoologically inclined to weigh in on what it is. This type of thing happens often.

[This one is going around again: San Diego Demonoid (opossum)

This fish (Acipenser oxyrinchus) is rare, critically endangered in some areas due to overfishing. But this species is not out of place, it is native to the Atlantic waters all up and down the east coast.

The sturgeon is a curious beast of interest to cryptid investigators because the spiny plates on its body, called scutes, look quite monster-ish. We aren’t used to seeing such a prehistoric-looking skin on a modern day fish. It is thought that many sea monster sightings are attributed to sturgeon because they are so weird looking, grow so large and can end up in fresh water areas.


Avian-Cetacean Press Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and other Entities of the Coastal Environment (2nd edition)
Book (Avian-Cetacean Press)

Catching WHITES -2

2004-12-18 13:02:57 by WHites

Lake whitefish generally spawn in the late autumn just prior to freeze-up in shallow water (often less than 25 feet), usually over a hard or stony bottom, but sometimes over sand. Spawning can occur under the ice in some lakes, however. What does this tell you? Well, like most fish, spent adults are hungry following the spawning season. Often the best lake whitefish catches are shortly after they spawn in the month of December, just when the ice is safe to travel on. Use caution on ice and always test the conditions. Never walk on ice that is less than four inches thick and don't drive on ice that is less than 12 inches thick


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