Creature Feature

This is how crabs grow. The freshly shed crab after it has swelled with water is on top, and its old shell is on the bottom. Notice how much larger the crab is now than the shell it came from.

Blue crabs’ molting miracle

Crustaceans can grow new claws and legs
November 03 at 2:50pm
Channel catfish are vocal creatures, able to make a croaking sound with their air bladder. This one amuses Tyler Bordelon with its sounds.

Channel cats stay on the move

Covered in taste buds, they easily locate food
October 03 at 7:33am
Catches like this one made in 1964 by William Wagner Jr., Roy Copeland, and Murray Thompson, all of New Orleans, were once commonplace. The men also caught three cobia as lagniappe.

Where have all the pompano gone?

No one really knows what happened to this member of the jack family
September 01 at 7:00am
Tripletail are bested in their fighting ability only by their flavor.

Tripletails are triple treats

August 03 at 9:30am
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 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 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 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 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 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 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