A shocking discovery in Seacrest

southern stargazer
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

Kevin Harasin caught this unusual fish while surf fishing at the Seacrest Beach public access walkover.  It was approximately 23-inches long and when he went to remove the hook to release the fish, he received an electric shock up his arm.  he Harasins, longtime residents of the area, sought help in identifying the fish and recently got an assist from Alfred W. Thomson, the curator of fishes at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Thomson said the fish is a “southern stargazer, astroscopus y-graecum, which is native to Florida. He said “it can give you a shock and is venomous.” He said this particular fish is an extremely large specimen as this species doesn’t usually grow larger than 18” or so.

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