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Official Saltwater Fish

Fighting Tarpon



Fighting Tarpon


The fighting tarpon (Tarpon atlanticus), a silvery, saltwater game fish that can reach weights of 100 pounds, ranges off the coast Alabama and the Mobile estuary.


In 1955, Act no. 564 was approved and designated the tarpon to be the state fish of Alabama. Later it became the state saltwater fish because of the 1975 declaration of the largemouth bass as the state freshwater fish.


Act 55-564, Acts of Alabama, September 9, 1955
Alabama State Emblems, Alabama Department of Archives and History, nd.



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Updated: February 6, 2014