Orlobista Flood Retreat Reveals Dinosaur-Like Fish Trapped in Fences


Channel 9 photographer Ulen Hodges snapped an interesting picture Tuesday while covering the flooding in Orange County’s Oro Vista neighborhood.

Located south of West Colonial Drive between North Hiawassee Road and North Kirkman Road, the community has endured ongoing flooding.

Neighborhood residents are beginning to assess the damage the hurricane left behind, and Hodges found a seemingly ancient fish called Florida gar in one house.

The fish was trapped in the homeowner’s fence during the flood.

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Bony prehistoric fish have scales that form a hard armor, according to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to the FWC, they typically inhabit streams, canals, and lakes with muddy or sandy bottoms near underwater vegetation.

“Breathe air with low-oxygen water using (gar) bladders,” the agency said. “Adults mainly eat fish, shrimp and crawfish.”

The largest Florida gar ever caught in Florida weighed about 10 pounds.

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Residents of Oruro Vista are reeling from the devastation left by the storm and say this is the breaking point.

The county says it’s working on improvements, but neighbors say they’ve heard about it before.

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