Also called cypress bass or black fish, the Bowfin prefers still waters, in vegetated swamps, lakes, ponds and ditches. This aggressive nocturnal carnivore prefers a diet of flat thin-bodied fish and crayfish. But they can crush a turtle with their powerful jaws. The fish in this family dates back to the Jurassic Period. The males will fan out an area with their fins down to the bare ground for nesting purposes. Males and females will take care of the young. They can live in waters where there is little oxygen and can come up to gulp oxygen from the atmosphere.
Exhibit: Blue Hole Spring