Oklahoma Aquarium offers deals for licensed hunters, anglers

Apr 05, 2016

Most anglers are aware that Oklahoma is home to one of the nation’s most diverse and productive fisheries in the nation. However, few can name more than a small fraction of the 175 fish species swimming in Oklahoma waters.

Some of these species are small and relatively ordinary looking, while others have strange body shapes, bizarre appendages or dazzling coloration.

Getting a glimpse at these creatures up close and personal usually requires a good rod, fast boat and a little bit of luck.

Instead, folks wanting to see the wild and unusual fish swimming Oklahoma’s waters can visit the Oklahoma Aquarium, just a short drive from Owasso to the riverfront location in Jenks.

The Aquarium has teamed with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation to create a promotion for card-carrying hunters and anglers.

On Tuesdays, visitors who present their hunting or fishing license at the gate will receive $2 off their entry fee.

The Aquarium boasts the largest bull sharks in captivity, housed in a unique tunnel tank that allows visitors to walk beneath the sharks, coming face-to-face with the maritime beasts.

There are also interactive experiences such as live feeding shows with the sharks or other fish, touch tanks, and behind-the-scenes tours. Scheduling of these events can be found atokaquarium.net or by phone, 918-296-3474.

Fish Facts

It is a little-known fact that fish coloration is highly variable depending on water or fish condition.

This explains why many fish lose their life colors very quickly after death or when stressed, and it also seen in the fact that fish caught from clear water are darker than fish caught from muddy water.

One explanation is that pigment is partly determined by the amount of light entering the eye, which is one reason fish get dark in muddy water. That’s because, as a general rule: the clearer the water, the more light that passes through, causing the fish to get darker.

Another explanation is the ability of some fish to change colors to blend in with their surroundings, which is a form of protection from predation.

By Tulsa World Staff Reports