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Atlantic tarpon

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Facts: The Atlantic Tarpon

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Atlantic Tarpon

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Atlantic Tarpon

The Atlantic tarpon inhabits coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish, shrimp 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 in length and weighing up to 161 kg (355 lb). The Atlantic tarpon is also known as the silver king.
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