Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Alligator Gar Mermaid

Alligator Gar Mermaid by Jenny Mathews

Although their ancestors could be found in waters around the world, the modern gar is found only in North and Central America. The alligator gar is the largest of the seven Gar species, reaching a length of up to ten feet, and can weigh up to 300 pounds. The wide alligator-like mouth, filled with sharp teeth is what give the Alligator Gar its name.

Despite her fearsome presence, no known attacks against humans are reported. A Gar's eggs, however, are poisonous to humans. Gars inhabit mainly the Southeastern portion of the United States, and can be found in  lakes, bayous, and bays. Alligators are their natural predators, as well as sport and commercial fishermen. Gars have become endangered due to overfishing and intrusion into their natural breeding waters.

This depiction of the Alligator Gar Mermaid is by artist Jenny Mathews of Tiny Drawings and Rockford Illustrating. It is from her series Freshwater Mermaids of North America. 

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