Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)


Adult tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) are quite large, typically ranging between four to eight feet in length.

The tarpon is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) as an adult. This large fish feeds mainly on shrimp, crabs, and small fish, and is eaten primarily by sharks. Recreational harvesting of tarpon is allowed in South Carolina, but commercial harvesting is restricted.