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Tarpon is a species of fish found in coastal and estuarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and along the eastern coast of North and South America. They are known for their large size, acrobatic jumps, and impressive fighting ability.
Tarpon can grow up to 8 feet in length and weigh up to 280 pounds, although most fish caught are between 50-150 pounds. They have a distinctive, elongated body shape, with a large, upturned mouth that allows them to gulp air from the surface of the water.
These fish are highly prized by sport fishermen for their strength and aerial displays, often leaping out of the water and shaking their heads to try and throw the hook. They are also known for their stamina, often taking hours to land when caught on light tackle.
Tarpon are primarily carnivorous, feeding on a variety of fish, shrimp, and crabs. They are known to inhabit brackish and freshwater environments during certain times of the year, and are able to tolerate low oxygen levels in the water.
In terms of sustainability, tarpon populations are generally considered to be healthy and well-managed, with many fisheries implementing catch-and-release practices to ensure the long-term viability of the species.