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Striped Bass

Morone saxatilis

A drawing of a striped bass
Max Size: 130 cm, avg. 50-90cm (4 ft., avg. 1.5-3 ft.)

Habitat: Shallows near rocks and structures to open water from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Diet: Any smaller fishes, softer-bodied crustaceans


Fun Facts:

  • Striped bass are fast, aggressive predators, eating nearly any fish (or soft-bodied organism) smaller than them
  • Striped bass are one of the most important game fish on the Hudson River; their use of the Lower Hudson Estuary as a nursery was a key part of shutting down the Westway project — and the subsequent protected designation of the estuarine sanctuary
  • Their stripes help to break up their silhouette in the water, making them more difficult to be spotted by prey
  • These fish are anadromous, which means they migrate upstream seasonally to spawn in fresher waters and live as adults in the ocean; they spend their juvenile/adolescent years within the bounds of HRPK and nearby waters

A stripped bass with horizontal lines swims down the tank