Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

March 27, 2010

Blue-tailed Red Drum


While fishing around Hilton Head recently, I noticed something I hadn't before. The distal margins on the caudal fins of the smaller Red drum were a metallic blue. The water these fish came from was behind Daufuski Island - shallow, marsh, and very murky. The larger drum, and the drum in clear water we caught that day, had lost this coloration.
The photo does not do this color justice. It was a surprising revelation.
OF NOTE: The lateral line of drums usually extends into the caudal fin.

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