Saturday, March 14, 2009



This barracuda lives in the Blue Hole in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key in Florida (almost as bad as the last post!). It wasn't always this way. The Blue Hole is in the center of Big Pine Key, and is not connected to the ocean. It is a lake that has a fresh water lens (from rainwater) on top of a salt water base (from the water table). Barracuda are ocean fish. So what is it doing in a lake in the middle of an island? It was literally blown in from the sea. The storm surge from a hurricane (the ranger wasn't sure which one) carried this fish as well as a single tarpon in.

2 comments:

Chesney said...

Now that is a great image! Love how you caught the moss and rocks on the bottom as well!

Danudin said...

If there is ocean fish and there is saltwater, somewhere there is a way in at least for small fish, teach him to grow too big on the other little fish.