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Atlantic Croaker

The oddest-sounding fish is the Atlantic Croaker,which vibrates muscles against its swim bladder to make a drumlike call.It sounds more like a frog than a fish,hence its name.Why croakers croak when and where they do remains a mystery.

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  • albert 2009/06/12 01:39:29
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    Its a good looking anymal and maybe taste good too but where can i get it?
    he looks mean by the way
  • MJ 2009/06/10 14:20:26
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    Why do croakers croak? Simple... it's all a part of the cycle of life - we all have to crak at some time or another! ;o)

    Actually, it has been something that has been known for a long time; I;m surprised that marine biologist haven't come up with at least a theory as to why they make this noise by now,
  • wow-really 2009/06/09 15:34:29
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    Very interesting!!
    I bet you I'd kinda freak out if I ever caught one and heard them croak.. LOL!
    This fish even looks kinda crabby, so hearing him croak, would be hysterical.....
  • JJ ♠ one-eyed sodajerk™ 2009/06/09 15:33:32
    JJ ♠ one-eyed sodajerk™
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    Bringing back some old memories. I've caught many of these with a cane pole in the St. Johns River (North Florida) where the water is brackish. Not a lot of meat but they pan fry nicely. Croakers are part of the drum family. Most fish have an air bladder to control buoyancy. The croaker has muscles that can vibrate the bladder to create sound. Specimens like this black drum below get MUCH larger than their croaker kinfolk.

    vibrate bladder create sound specimens black drum larger croaker kinfolk

    Listen to this short video to hear a croaking croaker

  • wow-really JJ ♠ on... 2009/06/09 15:36:48
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    +2
    that's such a cool picture!
    Man I'd love to catch a fish that big!
    That big one would make a hell of a fish fry!!! : )
  • JJ ♠ on... wow-really 2009/06/09 15:41:55
    JJ ♠ one-eyed sodajerk™
    +1
    Fun to catch. Unfortunately in older fish like this the flesh is frequently infested with round worms. Regardless, it makes for a HECK of a fish story.
  • wow-really JJ ♠ on... 2009/06/10 13:28:25
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    gross! Round worms? Is that like ring worm or actual worms?
    Wow! that's kooky! How does that happen?
    Ok so it's not so good to eat, but deffinetly worth catching for the story!
    Thanks JJ.. Learning something new everyday is great!
  • ♪Angela... wow-really 2009/06/10 13:34:19
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    yep learning something new is really good
  • JJ ♠ on... wow-really 2009/06/10 15:42:37 (edited)
    JJ ♠ one-eyed sodajerk™
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    You asked so don't blame me if you find any of this disgusting



    Ring worm is actually a fungus that tends to grow in a circle, so its not the same thing as roundworm. Roundworms get their name because they have a round unsegmented body. There are many different type roundworms and they live in different environments. Roundworms belong to the Nematoda phylum.

    The roundworms I have seen in fish are thin, white, & short (less than half an inch) and pretty much look like very thin hair. I've always see them in mass (meaning I probably don't notice just a few). Like most parasites they have a multi-stage life cycle. An infested animal has eggs in the fecal matter, larvae hatch once they are excreted from the host and infest a small animal like a shrimp, a fish eats the shrimp and the larvae burrows into the flesh of the fish, larger fish eats smaller fish, and so on. Larvae molts and turns into adult worm. Like shampoo start the cycle over: lather-rinse-repeat.
    The larger the fish, the more it eats thus exposing it to more larvae.
    Here is a sample of a roundworm life cycle: http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/H...

    This is why I don't eat sushi (actually I call raw fish "bait"). If raw fish is frozen and kept way below zero degrees F for a week or so it will kill the adult & larvae roun...

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    You asked so don't blame me if you find any of this disgusting

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    Ring worm is actually a fungus that tends to grow in a circle, so its not the same thing as roundworm. Roundworms get their name because they have a round unsegmented body. There are many different type roundworms and they live in different environments. Roundworms belong to the Nematoda phylum.

    The roundworms I have seen in fish are thin, white, & short (less than half an inch) and pretty much look like very thin hair. I've always see them in mass (meaning I probably don't notice just a few). Like most parasites they have a multi-stage life cycle. An infested animal has eggs in the fecal matter, larvae hatch once they are excreted from the host and infest a small animal like a shrimp, a fish eats the shrimp and the larvae burrows into the flesh of the fish, larger fish eats smaller fish, and so on. Larvae molts and turns into adult worm. Like shampoo start the cycle over: lather-rinse-repeat.
    The larger the fish, the more it eats thus exposing it to more larvae.
    Here is a sample of a roundworm life cycle: http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/H...

    This is why I don't eat sushi (actually I call raw fish "bait"). If raw fish is frozen and kept way below zero degrees F for a week or so it will kill the adult & larvae roundworm. I prefer hot oil to render fish safe.

    The worst roundworm in my opinion is Ascaris lumbricoides. They are found in humans, look vaguely like a giant beige earthworm, they grow about a foot long and are fatter than a pencil. I've dissected quite a few animals during my studies and this was the only one that made me queasy. If you are infected with one Ascaris worm then you probably have a bunch of them. Bored? learn more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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  • wow-really JJ ♠ on... 2009/06/11 15:15:31
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    I find this sort of thing fascinating and gross all at the same time... ; )
    Thank you for sharing this educational information.
    I, too, find the idea of eating raw fish, well, quite frankly, disgusting!!
    Sushi fan??? Yah, not so much!
    I do enjoy learning new things, so thanks again! eating raw fish frankly disgusting sushi fan yah enjoy learning
  • JJ ♠ on... JJ ♠ on... 2009/06/24 06:05:57
    JJ ♠ one-eyed sodajerk™
    Eat Raw Fish ... Get a 9-Foot Tapeworm
    Chicago Man Joins International Ranks of Those Who've Been Infested From Eating Raw Fish in Recent Years
    By LAUREN COX
    ABC News Medical Unit
    June 16, 2009

    One summer day in August 2006, Anthony Franz went to a Chicago area hospital carrying a 9-foot worm.

    He did not find it in his garden.

    Franz is one of the few, but growing number of tapeworm victims in cities across the world who are discovering (or rediscovering) that some of the most popular fish can host parasites.
    ( read rest of article http://abcnews.go.com/Health/... )
  • dazzledbytwilight 2009/06/09 04:43:25
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    +1
    Angela you have the most unique and informative Blogs! I had never heard of the Atlantic Croaker before though I am on the Pacific so maybe that's why? Very interesting - Thanks!
  • ♪Angela... dazzled... 2009/06/09 04:44:35
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    your very much welcome
  • Emma 2009/06/09 00:58:19
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    +1
    Maybe it's something they ate. . . ;-)
  • ~michelle~ 2009/06/08 23:03:06
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    +1
    That's interesting and very cool.
  • ♪Angela... ~michelle~ 2009/06/08 23:05:25
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    Thanks
  • madjack 2009/06/08 21:22:21
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    Looks sort of feisty ,never knew why they were called croakers. Thanks Angela
  • ♪Angela... madjack 2009/06/08 21:23:49
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    your sooo very welcome!
  • Albedo 9.0 2009/06/08 19:06:46
    Albedo 9.0
    +1
    Some days as many hooks as you have on your line is how many croaker you are gonna pull up at a time. They do taste alright but are very boney. They make decent bait for Rock fish/Stripers. They are closely related to whiting and are bottom feeders primarily using their feelers below thier mouth to feel in the dark murky bay and coastal waters. What the locals call a Hog fish in the Chesapeake bay sound even funnier when you pull them out of the water.
  • ♪Angela... Albedo 9.0 2009/06/08 19:09:13
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    +1
    thanks for the lil extra info

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