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The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family and look like many other ambush predators with an elongated body, flat head and dorsal, pelvic and anal fins set far back on the body.


They prefer clear waters where they lurk along weed edges, rock outcrops or other structures to rest. A fish forms two distinct home ranges in summer: a shallow range and a deeper one. The shallow range is generally much smaller than the deeper range due to shallow water heating up. A musky will continually patrol the ranges in search of available food in the appropriate conditions of water temperature.


These photos were taken at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very nice shots and info!

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spotted on May 7, 2011
Submitted on Jul 21, 2012


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