Paddy is one of our American Paddlefish living within one of the ocean tunnel's freshwater exhibits, Sturgeon Lake. Paddy has a big mouth, and a large, spatula-like snout. He sometimes gets made fun of because of his long rostrum (snout), but he needs his long snout to sense out his prey. What’s typically on the menu for Paddy? He enjoys a nice meal of zooplankton.
Paddlefish can live for a long time... up to 50 years! They are also one of the largest freshwater fish found in North America, reaching over 5 feet in length. Similar to sawfish, paddlefish use their electrosensory receptors to detect their prey.
Unfortunately, Paddy was recently added to the list of endangered species by the DNR. Paddlefish have been negatively affected by overharvest, sedimentation, and dams. It is important to us at SEA LIFE to help these creatures so they don’t face extinction!
You can find our Paddlefish, Paddy, within Sturgeon Lake in the Ocean Tunnel!