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#11867150 - 10/06/16 05:49 AM why do Long Nose Gar
hawghoover Offline
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Registered: 01/28/15
Posts: 450
Loc: Lewisville Tx
roll on the surface...doesnt look like they are feeding,kinda looks like they are coming up for air like a whale does?any ideas?

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#11867159 - 10/06/16 06:04 AM Re: why do Long Nose Gar [Re: hawghoover]
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Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
They are coming up for air
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#11867231 - 10/06/16 07:37 AM Re: why do Long Nose Gar [Re: Dawson Hefner]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
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Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
They are coming up for air


I'm sure the gar fishermen know the entire family (Lepisostidae) of gars are obligatory air breathers. They have to come up for air or will eventually drown.

An unusual fish, it can breath air and/or water to provide oxygen to its organs but MUST take in air by gulping it on a regular basis to regulate its swim bladders. The combination of gills, dual swim bladders along with powerful circulatory and nervous systems allows the gar to some pretty amazing things and is part of why the group is so successful for so long (pre-date and outlasted the dinosaurs, and will likely outlast us) through several mass extinctions.

But you put one in a box plumb full to the top with water and close the lid, it will die.
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#11867811 - 10/06/16 12:51 PM Re: why do Long Nose Gar [Re: hawghoover]
hawghoover Offline
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Registered: 01/28/15
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Loc: Lewisville Tx
wow amazing .thanks

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#11930053 - 11/12/16 07:23 AM Re: why do Long Nose Gar [Re: hawghoover]
Wildman of the navidad Offline
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Registered: 11/11/16
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Loc: San Antonio tx
Or in my case they are usually coming up to laugh at my futile efforts splat
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