Creature Feature

Only Florida largemouth bass produce fish as large as this 22-pound, 4-ounce world-record-tying fish.

Florida bass: For better or worse

July 04, 2017 at 9:00am
Dolphin rapidly lose their rainbow of colors after being caught. Note the sargassum weed rip behind the angler, prime dolphin habitat.

Live fast; die young

June 04, 2017 at 9:00am
Large croakers, called “bull croakers,” were common in the 1960s at offshore oil rigs, but have almost disappeared.

Croakers: blue-collar gamefish

Not as sexy as others, but just as tasty
May 03, 2017 at 4:25pm
Young lookdowns have an entirely different appearance than their parents.

Does it really look down?

Lookdowns are good eating but hard to target
April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Channel catfish are easy to identify by the long, heavy, dark whiskers in the corners of their mouths.

Channel catfish do it all

These cats are hard fighting and great to eat
March 02, 2017 at 9:15am
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