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    Anyone recognize this fish skull

    My cousin is on a trip on the Betsy River near Traverse City, Michigan. They came upon this skull on the riverbank and don't recognize it. I figured there are so many fishermen out here someone wouldName:  image.jpg
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    Maybe not even a fish???


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    Maybe snakehead?

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    What kind of snake would have that many teeth?
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    A side view would help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McKTX View Post
    What kind of snake would have that many teeth?
    No the fish, snakehead is a type of fish.

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    The location of the eyes and head shape DO look like a snakehead and they definitely are in Michigan. yikes. THat's freaky

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    I take that back looking at some skuls now I believe this to be a bowfin.

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    WOW!!!

    This species can also “walk” on land, wipe out domestic species and has no natural predators.

    Lots of other fish originating from different continents have increased in numbers in U.S., but few can rival snakehead fish. They are known to grow up to 90 cm (the largest seen so far), their jaw is huge and full of sharp teeth. They can survive for days without water as they wrap up in the mucus they secret. They are considered a delicacy in Asia, but also increasingly among American chefs.

    The population of the snakehead fish has increased since 2004. and phishing as appreciated regional sport brings $ 662 million a year in Virginia and includes more than 5,500 jobs in the country.

    The reports of the “attack” of the snakehead fish to the lake Harlem in New York in April have promoted the warning from the state agency for environmental protection:”If you catch this fish, do not let it go. Kill it immediately, freeze and report your catch.”

    Similar notice was placed on the official website of the natural resources of Maryland. They treat the snakehead fish differently than Virginia, which forbids commercial sale in order to avoid creating a market for this species. Maryland advocates selling noting that eating this fish gives other species a chance.
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    Definitely bowfin.... It seems between the snakehead and the bowfin.... The bowfin has more uniform teeth and larger upper jaw plates... The snakeheads teeth have larger gaps inbetween the lower jaw... Pic is a picture of a bowfin skull...
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    This is a snakehead skull notice the teeth...
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    In the original photo of the skull that was found the upper jaw is actually stuck out in an expanded position. It looks as though if rested the two pieces of upper jaw protruding out would actually be tucked away...

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    I think you're right on. It even has those "cheek flap" things

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    I concur, looks like a bowfin skull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman8102 View Post
    I take that back looking at some skuls now I believe this to be a bowfin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sp00ks View Post
    I concur, looks like a bowfin skull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightstorm View Post
    That's a bowfin skull in that post... Muskie has a longer snout and bigger teeth...this is Muskie...
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