Creature Feature

For Louisiana’s Cajun clam marketing effort, rangia clams were harvested with a modified oyster dredge and sorted on before being put in caged trays suspended off the water bottom for self-purging.

Louisiana marshes have clams, too

Oysters aren't the only mollusks around
February 03, 2017 at 3:50pm
Male sharks fertilize female sharks by using elongated extensions of their pelvic fins called claspers.

Meet the cute hammerhead

What’s with that cephalofoil?
January 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Blackfin shiners are certainly the most common shiner in the state and can be found in virtually any moderate- to fast-flowing creek, bayou, or river.

It’s a tough little world for shiners

Louisiana plays host to 25 species
December 04, 2016 at 9:00am
Besides their metallic silver color, cutlassfish are noted for their large mouths filled with fang-like teeth.

Cutlassfish are common everywhere

Here's the rundown on ribbonfish
November 04, 2016 at 8:00am
Speckled hinds, like this state-record fish held by Blake Matherne, are easy to identify because their entire bodies are covered by small white speckles.

This kind of hind is speckled

Limit on 'critically endangered' species is one per boat
October 04, 2016 at 9:00am
The skin of diamondback terrapins is marked with prominent black dots and wiggly marks.

Terrapins are more than just soup

Diamondback turtles from Grand Isle were once all the rage
September 01, 2016 at 11:28am
A colony of magnificent bryozoans is a strange sight.

It looks like a brain!

The magnificent bryozoan in all its wonder
August 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Yellowfin grouper display more intense yellow pigment around their mouths, as well as near the eye and in their fins. Their body color usually is more evenly brown compared to the scamp, which has darker dots and splotches on a lighter background.

Yellow is a good color offshore

Grouper are great table fare
July 01, 2016 at 7:00am
This colorful hybrid was produced by a bluegill and a dollar sunfish.

Some bream are bad eggs

Hybridization is rampant
June 04, 2016 at 9:00am
A trawl dragged for bait before daylight will often yield large catches of spot, shown here mixed with pinfish and croakers.

It’s easy to overlook spots

May 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Spotted gar, here identifiable by the spots on the snout, are Louisiana’s most common gar species. <br />

We got gar - Louisiana has four species

March 03, 2016 at 2:20pm
More anglers today value croakers as a bait species for speckled trout, redfish and mangrove snapper than as a target species.<br />

Why are croakers croaking?

Bull croakers were once easy to find
February 03, 2016 at 6:47pm
The bright-yellow fin margins on yellowedge groupers (bottom) make them easy to distinguish from snowy groupers, even when the latter’s white spots have faded or disappear with age.

Grouper fishing: It’s hard to beat a brownie

And they’re easy to catch, too
January 01, 2016 at 7:00am