One of the biggest freshwater fish species in North America made a uncommon look this week at Fenimore Park in Delaware County.
The Radnor Township Police Department tweeted a jarring photograph Wednesday of an alligator gar fish that was found lifeless at the park.
RARE FISH LOCATED IN RADNOR POND:
Radnor Township Animal Control was notified of a uncommon discovery within the pond at Fenimore Park this week. The Alligator Gar fish, generally found within the Gulf of Mexico, was situated by a township resident deceased. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/qjP7zOPEnY
— RadnorPD (@RadnorPD) March 4, 2020
Alligator gar are mostly found within the decrease Mississippi River Valley and Gulf Coast states, and in Mexico as far south as Veracruz. Though they beforehand inhabited territories farther north, sightings of them within the Delaware Valley are thought-about very uncommon.
Despite their fearsome look, alligator gar do not pose any risk to people. While they’re thought-about ambush predators, they primarily feast on different fish and can typically assault small mammals and fowl.
Incredibly, the fossil report traces morphologically related species again greater than 100 million years to the early Cretacious interval. For that purpose, gar are typically referred to as dwelling fossils.
The alligator gar found in Fenimore Park will likely be stored for preservation and academic functions, in keeping with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.