What’s on the line: Atlantic tarpon, the ‘silver king’

The word “Tarpon” conjures images from fishing lore of large, silvery fish making spectacular leaps out of the water when hooked. Atlantic tarpon are actually closely related to eels. They may not look at all like their cousins when adults, but their larval stages are considerably more similar. Also known as “the silver king,” tarpon […]

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Though it’s Shark Week on TV, sharks are year-round in NC

While “shark attack” is an often-used term, it’s not really accurate because sharks don’t seek out humans to “attack,” they’re just doing what comes naturally in the wild. Sharks are opportunistic feeders and occasionally bite a surfer or swimmer if they venture into murky waters and splash a lot at the surface. This splashing action […]

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Stubborn greater amberjack live up to ‘reef donkey’ name

Greater amberjack are often called “reef donkeys” by fishermen because of their strength and stubbornness. These powerful fighters can test any anglers’ tackle and ability to land them. Greater amberjack are commonly caught while anglers are pursuing king mackerel. They have a deeply forked tail like that of tuna. Fishermen catch this species by drifting […]

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Piggish behavior when feeding earned hogfish their name

Hogfish are strange-looking members of the wrasse family. Their first three dorsal spines are long and trailing, extending several inches off their dorsal fin. This species is more laterally compressed, or flattened from side to side, and more oval-shaped when compared to other marine fish in the wrasse family. They have cool, red irises in […]

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Get to the Bottom With Crustaceans, Shellfish

North Carolina is home to numerous species of crustaceans and shellfish in many shapes, sizes and colors. This is our second installment taking an in-depth look at some of the more popular and interesting animals in this category that call coastal North Carolina their home. Read Part 1, NC’s Crustaceans, Shellfish Make A Big Splash. Hard […]

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