Fish

Fish

Fish are classified as a cold-blooded aquatic animal with gills that typically have jaws, fins and skin covered in scales. They are vertebrates and include two classes: bony fishes (hard bone skeletons, such as tuna or trout) and cartilaginous fishes (cartilage for bones, such as sharks or rays). 

  • Mullet

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    (Mugil cephalus) Mullet are commonly seen jumping out of the water. Mullet are herbivores that feed primarily on algae and detritus. Due to their diet, these silver fish are very difficult for anglers to catch with traditional hook and line methods and the fish's excellent vision and speed make it difficult to catch with cast nets in clear water. Mullet launch out of the water to clean parasites and plant matter from scales and gills or to escape predators.

  • Red Drum (Redfish)

    Red Drum Fish

    (Sciaenops ocellatus) Known as one of Florida's most popular sport fish species, the redfish is commonly seen in estuaries and offshore of rivers. The small, bronze-colored fish feed primarily on crustaceans and small fish in these habitats. This fish is easily identified by a medium-sized spot at the base of the tail and is named for the "drumming" sound it emits when pulled from the water or while spawning. This sound is made by the fish rubbing muscles against an inflated air bladder inside the body.

  • Sheepshead

    Sheepshead

    (Archosargus probatocephalus) The most noticeable feature of this species are the black stripes that run vertically along the ivory colored oval body, giving the fish a zebra-like appearance. A surprising feature of this fish is the distinctively human shape to the fish's teeth. Sheepheads have front rows of teeth similar to a human's incisors and back rows that are similar to molars, giving the fish an eerie toothy grin and a strong bite. These teeth are used to eat plants, small vertebrates, and some invertebrates. 

  • Snook

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    (Centropomus undecimalis) Once listed by the state of Florida as a species of concern because of overfishing, the common snook is now the most common species of snook found in Florida. This species lives primarily along the coast and in estuaries, but can survive in inland rivers as well due to high tolerance to both salt and fresh water. The biggest weakness of the common snook is an extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, which often results in a large population die-off during cold snaps in Florida.

  • Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

    Seatrout

    (Cynoscion nebulosus) Estuaries and shallow bays are the primary habitats for the spotted seatrout, a silver-skinned opportunistic feeder that is attracted to warm waters. This species feeds on other fish of various sizes and follows the warm water from the estuaries in spring and summer, to the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the fall and winter. Female seatrout fish grow larger than males, prompting many anglers to nickname the fish "sow trout" and making it a popular sport fish.

  • Tarpon

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    (Megalops atlanticus) Nicknamed the "Silver King" for scales as big as silver dollars on a full-grown adult, the tarpon is one of the most popular game fish species in Florida. Once caught on a fishing line, this fish is famous for jumping and fighting the efforts of the angler. Tarpon are not considered to be edible, so the majority of the fish caught are released back into the sea. Adult fish can be found off the coast or in coastal rivers, and the young fish live and mature in estuaries and along the coast and can survive in low oxygen conditions due to its unique ability to breathe air.