The arapaima can breathe air, which gives it a supreme advantage in it’s environment of secluded oxbow lakes deep in the Amazon. During the dry season, the oxygen levels in these lakes reach almost zero, making it the ultimate predator versus fish who are not as well adapted. In order to breathe, an arapaima surfaces every couple of minutes to take a breath of air. This makes it especially intriguing to anglers, who must wait quietly for an arapaima to surface and then cast frantically towards the spot where the fish rose. Hopefully, they are able to predict the direction the arapaima is headed in and present to it.
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