This picture of a "spoonbilled catfish", properly known as a paddlefish ((Polyodon spathula) was taken by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The paddlefish is not really a catfish, but because of its smooth catfish-like skin, it is often mistaken for one. The largest known specimen weighed over 160 pounds and measured 7 feet long. You can learn all about this fascinating creature on the following website:

Natchitoches, Louisiana National Fish Hatchery
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