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  •  They must change colors a lot as they grow. (6+ / 0-)

    I'd guess these were 30-50 mm long and jet black.

    thanks for the link

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    by matching mole on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:17:18 PM PDT

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    •  the wiki shows great colors (6+ / 0-)

      and the other link says they appear after winter very colorful

      When the water in shallow areas becomes about 16 to 19 degrees Celsius the bowfins emerge in small groups, displaying brilliant coloration that has become vibrant over the winter (Grizmek, 1984). In the case of a drought, the bowfin will defend itself by burying its entire body in the thick bottom mud.
      The one my cousin Sam Peet caught in Algonquin Park in about 1957 in the middle of the lake was pretty dull blackish except for that amazing eyespot.

      Funny too as I always thought since that they were deep water fish, and never caught one altho did hours of daily fishing in shallows, bogs, farm ponds, reed beds, lily bogs and all other Bowfin habitat...and in all the bogs and brushpiles and lilybeds of that lake too.
          No one else there  had ever caught one either altho they had been going there since the 20's when they rode the train and portaged their canoes from it.

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      by KenBee on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:32:38 PM PDT

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    •  how can you not get in the water with them? (3+ / 0-)

      for science!!
      other than the alligators, snappers, the mad dad bowfin, Water Mocassins and leeches...

      maybe a glass bottom kayak..in such a clear lake that might be really fun! we made one once, a box with glass at the bottom, it worked pretty well...

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      by KenBee on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:53:24 PM PDT

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      •  The water where these guys were was (4+ / 0-)

        only 6 inches or so deep.  Not much danger to me but would have been a major disturbance to the bowfin family if I had waded out towards them.

        In shallow coastal water kayaks seem to really scare fish.  The boat must look like a large shark coming in from above.  

        I need to get out on the lake with a kayak.  Usually there is so much aquatic vegetation that it is hard to see much.  The area where the bowfin family is hanging out has only been underwater for about a month so it isn't overgrown yet.

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        by matching mole on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 04:28:08 AM PDT

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