One of our two new muskie on exhibit
The duck-like bill of muskie hide some serious teeth
Biologist George Palmer (far left) and his crew
Several species of fishes (walleye in hand) were all weighed and recorded, then released unharmed.
Along with the muskie, we took advantage of our opportunity to also take a pair of walleye and a flathead catfish. The walleye is a large member of the perch family and is a very popular food and game fish in the Midwest, but not too common in VA. The flathead catfish may be best known for the species that some people go "noodling" for; a practice best described as finding a log, hole or tube that a flathead catfish has taken up residence - usually by feeling around in muddy water in rivers - then when you locate a flathead, you jam your hands in its mouth and pull it out of its hiding place.
The flathead catfish being measured above, now resides in our Cypress Swamp exhibit (below).
We'd like to thank VDGIF for allowing us the opportunity to join them on the river and specifically for helping us acquire these unique fishes for the public - and us - to enjoy.