Creature Feature

Bluefish have formidable teeth they use like a piranha.

Bluefish eat everything

October 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Hot-pink eggs are signs that giant apple snails have infested a waterway.

An apple a day — yuk!

September 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Remoras, aka sharksuckers, don’t actually suck blood from their host. Instead, they simply use sucker plates to hitch free rides.

Watch out, sucker!

Gulf of Mexico home to eight remora species
August 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Large males with larger claws are apparently more successful during mating than small males.

Interesting blue crab trivia

What do crabs eat?
July 04, 2014 at 9:00am
The 5 ½-pound world record redear is so large that it is almost grotesquely misshapen.

Redear sunfish

A prince among perch
June 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Scientists with Florida State University are currently studying all aspects of the life cycle of goliath grouper.

Are goliath grouper fish or footballs

Part II: Management
May 01, 2014 at 3:00pm
This monster was speared by Jerry Fabacher, visible on the extreme left by the tail of the fish, and entered in the 1960 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Are goliath groupers fish or footballs?

Part 1: Biology
April 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Many think all kingfish, aka mullet, are the same, but there actually are three distinct species that can be distinguished by their coloration.

When a mullet is king

Kingfish better table fare than drum, trout
March 03, 2014 at 9:00am
Cownose rays are common off the Louisiana coast, and they’re hated by shrimpers.

Hey, ray, what you say?

“Choo Choo!”
February 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Eel smoked Dutch-style, as May Usannaz demonstrates below, resembled rich-tasting pork with seafood overtones.

The case of the slippery eel

Loved everywhere but the United States
January 03, 2014 at 9:00am
The scientific name for ladyfish translates into “serpent reptile,” and they do resemble a reptile  — particularly in the head.

Yes, we have no bananas today

A look at the lowly ladyfish
December 04, 2013 at 9:00am
Lane snappers are always made incidentally to fishing for other snapper species.

Lane snappers are candy

Louisiana’s largest lane outpaces world record
November 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Painted devil crawfish are colorful creatures and have massive claws.

Is there a devil in your ditch?

Devil crawfish live in complex burrows sometimes 20 feet deep
October 01, 2013 at 7:00am
About 1.1 billion pounds of menhaden, aka pogies, are taken from the Gulf of Mexico every year.

Everybody eats pogies

Industry is close to perfect fishery
September 04, 2013 at 9:00am