I have seen fisherman remove a scale from a tarpon for a souvenir does it hurt the fish at all?



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    Yes, removing a scale from a tarpon, or any fish for that matter, can cause it harm. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Institute recommends that a fisherman use a wet hand to wipe slime from the fish’s body back over the area where the scale was removed. Fishy slime actually protects the animal from bacterial infection. Though tarpon can naturally lose scales in a “fish fight”, it is not recommended that a fisherman intentionally do so.

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