Have You Seen This Fish?

By: Stephanie Shoop
By: Stephanie Shoop

A camping trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore netted us a mystery catch.

We spent the end of last week at Cape Lookout National Seashore, camping on the beach there for the first time.

It was truly remarkable... the special time with family, the sense of solitude, the stars and the sea. (The gusting winds that sand blasted our skin for several hours Friday night... not so much... but nothing's perfect, right?)

My daughter and son, along with their cousins, spent hours fishing in the sound. They caught all sorts of fish, most we recognized.

But my daughter reeled in one that baffled us all. Unfortunately, we didn't take a photo before getting it back in the water. But thanks to the internet, we located a picture of what we all agree is "the" fish.... or at least one that looks just like it.

Online reports show the sailfin catfish is native to South America. It is used in aquariums though, and it has been found in the wild in some spots in the States. Some suggest aquarium releases are responsible.

If you've ever encounted something like this in North Carolina or other waters, we'd love to hear about it!


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