This Brave Man Hand-Feeds A Giant Tarpon

StoryfulPublished: March 28, 2018
Published: March 28, 2018

A tarpon is quite a sight up-close, but hand-feeding one is an unforgettable experience. David Freiheit did just that and filmed the moment, with the particularly large tarpon getting up close and personal with David's camera.

The tarpon lives in coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed very nearly solely on schooling fish, shrimp and sometimes on crabs. A tarpon is known for its ability to fill its swim bladder with air, making it like a primitive lung. This provides the tarpon a predacious gain when oxygen planes in the water are low. They have been recorded at up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length and weighing up to 161 kg (355 lb). The tarpon is also known as the Silver King.

In the exterior, tarpon’s color varies from green to blue on top and silver on the sides and belly. The mouth is pretty large in size and is turned upwards, while the lower jaw has an extended, lanky plate. The last ray of the dorsal fin is far longer than the rest, getting nearly to the tail.

Alabama has the tarpon as the official state saltwater fish.

Being such a beloved water species and having such impressive appearance, it is no wonder that there are so many establishments offering the experience of hand-feeding the giant-mouthed tarpons that can weigh as much as a full grown adult. People journey from across the world to throw baitfish into the mouths of these establishments' hungry residents.

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