Have you seen this?! 100 LB Tarpon is caught on Folly Beach, South Carolina.
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The Atlantic tarpon inhabits coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish and occasionally crabs. A tarpon is capable of filling its swim bladder with air, like a primitive lung. This gives the tarpon a predatory advantage when oxygen levels in the water are low. Tarpons have been recorded at up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length and weighing up to 161 kg (355 lb). The Atlantic tarpon is also known as the silver king.
In appearance, tarpons are greenish or bluish on top and silver on the sides. The large mouth is turned upwards and the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate. The last ray of the dorsal fin is much longer than the others, reaching nearly to the tail.
Tarpons are considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, not only because of their size and their accessible haunts, but also because of their fighting spirit when hooked; they are very strong, making spectacular leaps into the air. The flesh is undesirable and bony. In Florida and Alabama, a special permit is required to kill and keep a tarpon, so most tarpon fishing there is catch and release.
South Carolina has a very rich history and most people hardly know about the famous Palmetto State’s origin and growth. The iconic lifestyle of Charleston has a particular charm that remains unmatched but there are a number of facts about this place that anybody is barely aware of.
Being the birthplace of barbeque and home to the famous Frogmore Stew, South Carolina has a lot to offer. The southern palmetto moon is not just a place that offers a fine lifestyle, but also great travelling opportunities. Here’s a list of fun facts you didn’t know about the beautiful city:
On John’s Island, the famous Angel Oak is considered the oldest living thing that exists on the east of Mississippi river (over 15000 years old).
In 1969, in the town of Chester, the plant producing the non-dairy powdered creamer – Cremora faced issues with exhaust vent, and released the powder in the air. People breathed creamer for months!
After California, South Carolina beats all the other states in terms of peach production in the entire country.
The world’s smallest police station is as big as a toll booth, and situated in Ridgeway. It was used fully for almost 50 years (1940-1990).
In the state of South Carolina, Fortune Tellers are required to acquire a special permit from the legal system of the state before telling people their fortunes.
Lee County ‘may be’ home to a Lizard Man. In the year 1988, reports hit the news about a teenager whose car was attacked by a large scaly creature. The vehicle was left badly scratched and three-toed, 14-inch long footprints were found by the police near the swamp sighting.
The Frogmore Stew is one of the most famous South Carolinian dishes and the weirdest thing about it is that it contains neither frog, nor is it a stew.
The very first Golf game in the U.S. was played in Charleston.
South Carolina was the very first state to disaffiliate itself from the Union, and the state actually even created its own postage stamps and printed its own money after striking out.
The UFO Welcome Center in Bowman was built by a local man – Jody Pendarvis who wanted to create a space to welcome aliens when they finally decide to visit.
According to a local folklore, if you go o Marion and drink from the Catfish Creek, you will fall in love with the surrounding areas and never want to leave.
The art of sweetgrass basket making originated in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston communities, but it has only managed to survive in the modern suburb of Mt. Pleasant, where it is still practiced today.
In Edisto Islands, there is a mysterious tree-like structure which is basically a log that has a very strange collection of items hanging from it. Bottles, flip flops, t-shirts and even hairs have been hung up, but no one knows who put them there.
Buying or selling an electric eel in South Carolina is illegal (Oh Shoot!!!).