This unusual fish is Missouri’s officially designated aquatic animal. Like a small shark, it nearly lacks scales and has a cartilaginous skeleton; like a baleen whale, it filters its dinner from the water—but no other fish on our continent has a paddle for a snout!
Beginning in 2012, MDC is conducting a long-term project to get more information on both paddlefish sport fishing statewide and commercial harvest from the Mississippi River. Please share your opinions.
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