Fighting Tarpon

Alabama State Saltwater Fish


Atlantic tarpon

Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) public domain photo from NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center: Image: Atlantic tarpon.

Fighting Tarpon

The fighting tarpon (Tarpon atlanticus) was designated the state fish of Alabama in 1955. A silver-colored saltwater game fish that ranges off the coast of Alabama and the Mobile estuary, the tarpon can reach 100 pounds in weight. In 1975 the designation was changed to "state saltwater fish" when the largemouth bass became Alabama's state freshwater fish.



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