Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Polyodon spathula

Physical features:  Dark gray-black fish with paddle-like snout and large toothless jaws. Generally lacking scales.

Habitat: Pre-historically found in Great Lakes region. Currently found in slow moving river systems in the central US.

Diet: Plankton.

Fun facts: Filter feeds by drawing water across the gills and straining out microscopic plankton. No other fish in North America resembles the Paddlefish.