Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


General Information about Tarpon

Learn a small part of the rich history of the tarpon fishery along with present management efforts, tarpon life history and internal anatomy, catch records and more.

Anatomy of the Tarpon Jaw

Close examination of the anatomy of the tarpon jaw helps reveal why these powerful and widely sought fish are so difficult to hook and land.

Inside the Giants: The Anatomy of a 220-pound tarpon

Take a tour of the outside and insides of a 220 pound Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus).

Tarpon Facts

This article is a list of interesting facts about tarpon.

Tarpon Records

Tarpon Tale

Fishing for tarpon is always exciting, but on June 16, 2003, researchers from FWC's Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI)* witnessed a particularly amazing, and most likely, once-in-a-lifetime event.

Tarpon Sea Stats Publication

This summary life history of Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) includes information about age and growth, distribution and migration, and feeding habits.

Tarpon Species Account

A species account for tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in Florida.

FWC Facts:
Flounder begin their lives with eyes on either side of their head. As they grow, one eye migrates so that both eyes are on the same side of the head.

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