Category Archives: Fish

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fish in wetlands

Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital which cares for wounded animals of all kinds that are found in and near S.W. Florida. The clinic is located on Sanibel Island. Animals and birds of all kinds are brought to CROW when they are found by people who travel through Florida including fishermen, tourists and Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials. The Clinic offers state of the art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.

The Clinic gives tours and presentations about the hospital and has a series of lectures coming up this winter which feature experts on various topics. The Gulf Breeze Cottages website offers a partial list of some of the upcoming lectures including Conservation Medicine on March 20th and on Ospreys on March 28th in 2018.

Ospreys are called raptors or birds of prey and they are seen everywhere around Sanibel and S.W. Florida. They are often seen standing on a bridge railing near water, branch or other object peering over the water below them and waiting for a chance to swoop down and catch a fish swimming by. Ospreys are large hawks and have long wing spans, and sharp bills and feet called talons.

The American Bald Eagle is another kind of raptor or bird of prey that hunts like the Osprey. They are larger than the Osprey and can sometime steal food that is caught by smaller birds. The photographs above show pictures of an Osprey sitting on a branch and of the American Bald Eagle which I photographed while on a boat in the Estero Bay off Ft. Myers beach.

Visit the CROW Clinic website to learn more about their Veterinary care for animals. Their lecture series this year should be worth the effort to come and listen to experts on wildlife and conservation medicine.

 

 

Longnose gar

Longnose Gar

Longnose Gar

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Longnose Gar also known as the Needle Nose Gar is an interesting fish because of its looks and history. It is a long and narrow fish with a long and thin snout with needle like teeth that help to catch it’s prey. It feeds upon smaller fish and a host of other organisms such as frogs, turtles, snakes and small mammals. The Baltimore National Aquarium has a good picture and information about this fish.  The Longnose Gar is olive-brown in color with brownish spots covering it’s body except for a silvery-whitish belly. It is found in the Mississippi basin and in states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. It inhabits mostly brackish slow moving bodies of water including rivers and canals. The Baltimore National Aquarium states that this fish is referred to a living fossil because the fossilized remains of this species of fish date back 145-66 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It was during this time in earth’s history that climate change occurred with global warming, rising sea levels and the establishment of many inland sea’s on the North American Continent. This is probably the reason that many fresh and brackish water fish species evolved and flourished during this time. I took a picture of this Longnose Gar while bicycling along the John Yarbrough Ten Mile Canal which increases in depth and movement during our summer rains. It was just sitting there almost motionless probably waiting for it’s next meal or resting. It didn’t seem to mind me getting close to take a picture.

 

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