Let’s talk Gator Gars.
These dudes are cool as heck, and I love them.
They are freshwater fish, with reptilian like heads and rows of sharp teeth (that’s where the name comes from, they look like gators with fishy bodies).
- can grow up to 10 feet long
- also up to 300 pounds
- can live up to 50 years (females, 26 years for males)
- gator gar caviar? Nope. Gar eggs are poisonous to humans.
- technically, they are a prehistoric species, with fossils of these fish dating back to the time when birds first started to fly.
This dude ^ caught his with a fishing pole and cross bow.
This dude caught his with a bow and freakin’ arrow.
I used to catch baby needle nose gars with a fishing pole and a ring of cocktail shrimp. The tough part was getting the hook out of the gars mouth and releasing it. Their teeth are just as sharp as they look in the photos, trust me.
Because they are prehistoric, their lungs are not adapted solely for water and they can survive on oxygen in the air for about two hours.
They tend to eat invasive species such as carp, and generally feed on whatever is overabundant.
My grandmother swears she used to see a big albino one in the river she used to live by; she thought it was a refrigerator until she got a closer look and then is swam away.
Gars live in the southern states generally, and some parts of northern Mexico.
I caught mine in Lake Travis, Texas, my grandmother saw hers in Louisiana.
Basically: Coolest freshwater dinosaur fish you’ll ever see.