Friday, June 15, 2007

Longnose Gar

John Howard, an excellent naturalist who lives in Adams County, was telling me about the fish that live in Scioto Brush Creek. Where we first entered the stream, it was rocky and shallow. Several hundred feet downstream, however, the stream deepened and widened into a gigantic pool. In this pool, we spotted perhaps the coolest fish I have ever seen in Ohio, a Longnose Gar, Lepisosteus osseus. Here you can see the gar looking like pencil in the river. I then zoomed in on the fish to give a closer view. I just never realized we had these fish in Ohio. I haven't seen any in the Olentangy, and I doubt they are here in Columbus, but in Scioto Brush Creek, they are readily seen as they like to float at the surface.



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  1. This is really really cool! I've seen these somewhere in an aquarium, and I've heard about them. don't remember where. Your second picture of it is really awesome~! How far away were you? I imagine you used a strong zoomlens. Nice job!
    Carol Arbour

  2. Howdy There Carol.....

    I was about 20 feet away from the fish? I used my Canon a610 digital camera, and then the photo on the website was cropped. The higher megapixel camera you have, the more you can crop or digitally zoom in and still have a good looking picture.