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Can You Id These...
December 16, 2008
8:54 am
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Jarcave
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Apologies for the poor quality but I didn't have a polariser fitted when I took these pics. Both fish live in the same freshwater pool in Blue hole pond on Big Pine Key, in the Florida Keys.

I'll be very impressed if you can name both. They were feeding on the local Gambusia.

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Another random inhabitant. If you look carefully you can see the last 3" of an alligators tail at the bottom of the pic.

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Good luck!

December 16, 2008
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I would say the first is a young Barracuda by the feint bands and spots along the flanks and the shape of the face, Blue hole is a freshwater/brackish pond so quite possible.

The second fish is almost definitely a juvenile tarpon.

December 16, 2008
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Top one is a juvenile Sphyraena sp., not sure which though, possibly a Great Barracuda.
The middle one is a juv. Megalops atlanticus, Tarpon. There must be occasional ingress of marine water into this habitat, or a semi-permanent connection with the sea.
Shame you didn't have a 9wt fly rod with you, wire leader and a popper...
The animated pie-crust is some kind of Trachemys, probably the Red-eared Slider, or a hybrid of that with some other form.

December 16, 2008
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Correct gents. They where introduced to the pool by hurricane Wilma. The barracuda was spotted when just 4" long. It's now well over a foot. The baby tarpon is also growing well.

I didn't have a rod with me at the time otherwise I may have cast a line. I did see some 6' long tarpon in a nearby marina that are fed daily by the tourists. I can only imagine what they'd feel like on the fly!I did however catch mayan cichlids and oscars in the everglades. They have been ontroduced illegally along with a whole range of other exotics that now thrive out out there, Will post some more pics later.

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