At 48 inches and 45 pounds, the carp is more than a mouthful for most predators.
When spooked, the carp can swim so fast it jumps out of the water.
The gar can reach more than 8 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds.
The gar’s top jaw has a double row of long, sharp teeth, perfect for snagging and holding prey.
The gar ambushes the carp, snagging it for the kill. Missouri’s native alligator gar
take a few silver carp when they can, helping control this invasive fish.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill