Catch of the Day: Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)

Juvenile striped burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)

Juvenile striped burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)

Location:North River, Doboy Sound. When I first caught these, they looked more like little balls of snot with eyes (see picture below) out of the water when they aren’t all puffed up. I had no idea what I was looking at. These are the juveniles of the Striped Burrfish, which are much more easy to recognize as adults. They can grow up to 25 cm and are common in estuaries and coastal lagoons from North Carolina down to Brazil.

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