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11 largest freshwater fish in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 4, 2010, 11:50 a.m.
Huge alligator gar, close up

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Alligator gar

Due to a dual row of large teeth and a snout like an alligator, these carnivorous fish might be the scariest thing lurking in the rivers of North America. Measuring as long as 10 feet, alligator gars are fish right out of a horror movie. They can survive for short periods of time out of water.

Found in the lower Mississippi River basin and in the waters of the Gulf Coast states, these fish tend to swim near the surface or among reeds where they can ambush prey. Despite their intimidating appearance, they are passive toward humans.