How to report a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters.

If you catch a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters, please report it to:

FWC-Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
Phone: (727) 896-8626

c/o Kelly Gestring
FWC-Habitat and Species Conservation
801 NW 40 Street
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 391-6409

An 8-foot ancient sea-monster? Not really. It is an oarfish, Regalecus glesne, caught by Bob and Bernice Gant, Dennis Boires, and Annette Peterson in Wiggins Pass, Collier County.

A snake?  An eel?  The swamp eel Monopterus albus is actually a fish.

Florida Fish Catalogs: Saltwater and Freshwater

View information about Florida's Non-native Species

FWC Facts:
American eels spend 10 to 20 years in fresh or brackish waters only to migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in saltwater in the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea.

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