Friday, July 8, 2011

Golden Dorado

Golden Dorado are piscivores, eating a wide variety of prey fish. One of the dorado's favorite prey are sabalo, a type of schooling fish typically 1-4 kg in weight.

Golden Dorado
Golden Dorado live in the warm waters of the La Plata Basinand the Amazon systems in South America, specifically in Brazil (where it's called Dourado - from Ouro, the Portuguese for Gold) Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia, and also in the São Francisco River system in Brazil. The Golden Dorado is highly sought-after by anglers, both for its delicious taste and fighting ability.
It is, however, extremely difficult to catch. The aggressive nature of the dorado, its high jumps, and great fighting strength and stamina have created a great competitive market among anglers from all corners of the world, traversing South American waters in hopes of hooking a dorado.

Large Heads
Golden Dorado
Golden Dorado have large heads, with powerful jaws that are filled with sharp teeth. They reach maturity around 37 centimetres (15 in) long, and are golden colored. The average size of the golden dorado is about 3-10 kilograms. The largest recorded size is 100 cm length and 31.4 kg (69 pounds).

Dorados are excellent to eat and are often barbecued with tomatoes and bell peppers. Often utilized in the making of fish soups they are also popularly fried in South America. The Dorado has a white flaky flesh with a notably high fat content.


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