What do tarpons look like? How do they behave? What do you need to know about Tarpons?
What do they look like?
Tarpons are some of the largest, shiniest fish you'll find in the sea. They can grow to monstrous sizes, some reaching 350 pounds and nearly seven-feet long. They take on many of the characteristics of the herring. Tarpons grow fairly large scales all across their bodies. They are generally a metallic silver in color, which causes them to shine in the light. It's outer skin is not very thick, and it is rather bony, with bones across its back, under its belly all the way to its tail. Because their skin is rather thin, you can see evidence of their bones through their skin.
How do they behave?
Tarpons typically like to live in shallower bodies of water along the U.S. eastern seaboard, the eastern coast of South and Central America, as well as the northwestern coast of Africa. And believe it or not, they don't need to be underwater in order to survive. In many instances, tarpons are able to remedy themselves from the sometimes low oxygen-pressure levels of certain waters, by swimming to the surface and breathing air above the water.
What else should you know about tarpons?
Tarpons are carnivorous, and because of their size, they aren't afraid to make meals out of the other fish in the sea. They are able to catch, kill, and eat many fish that other, smaller species would not even consider preying upon. In addition, they like swimming in schools, which is somewhat uncommon for tropical fish. You'll find them in groups of 10 or 12 like-sized tarpons, as they look for food.