Write your own label for the Longnosed Gar

Museums don't know everything.

In 2006 was asked visitors to tell us what they knew about this object.

gar skull

We asked people to write a brief label about this object: a memory, an interesting fact, something you notice, even a poem.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I know it is very old. It looks like a water creature, because of its nose. It ate fish.

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 11:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is some sort of fish. you can tell be the teeth it has.

posted on Sat, 09/23/2006 - 6:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This skull has a really long snout
and for some reason, it's freaking me out
with its eyes on the side
and some sharp teeth, oh my!
it will eat me for dinner, no doubt

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 12:23pm
Alison's picture
Alison says:

The longnose gar
oh it sees so far
in the depths of my heart
so that I never want to part

GAR!

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 12:49pm
alison's picture
alison says:

When I was swimming in Lake Pepin, I saw a longnosed Gar.

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 12:52pm
Annelia Anderson's picture
Annelia Anderson says:

It must have been very scary although you probably didn't know what it was.
When i read it I thought it must have been very scary because if I experienced it
and I saw the longnosed Gar, I would swim right to land then i would run away
from the beach and wherever I was suppose to go.

Annelia

posted on Mon, 06/19/2006 - 1:53pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

ALTHOUGH you hide in the ebb and flow
Of the pale tide when the moon has set,
The people of coming days will know
About the casting out of my net,
And how you have leaped times out of mind
Over the little silver cords,
And think that you were hard and unkind,
And blame you with many bitter words.

“The Fish” (1899)
William Butler Yeats

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 4:37pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

In a cool curving world he lies
And ripples with dark ecstasies.

“The Fish” (1915)
Rupert Brooke

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 4:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

long nose gar is really cool! i wouldnt wanna' get bit by one of those!!hahaha

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 10:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hey this is an aligator snout

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 10:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this thing is weird

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 10:57am
Kaysee's picture
Kaysee says:

This is a very wierd object of the month. I think it should be something people don't see on the 1st floor.

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 11:33am
Kayla Naser's picture
Kayla Naser says:

This looks like an aligater head.

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 11:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

kool

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 11:59am
Ashley's picture
Ashley says:

a staff member got bit by this setting it up? lol

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

its kinda weird but pretty cool i guess. i like the sharp teeth and the long nose.

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What are those?
That with a long nose, or a long mouth? You tell me, that, what you see.

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:44pm
Naomi Xiong's picture
Naomi Xiong says:

that is soooooo cool and scary......

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:56pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Bony fish, like this gar, evolved into modern-looking forms millions and millions of years ago. Because of this "head start," many modern fish are sometimes called "living fossils."

Even though the ancient fish look a lot like their modern descendants, they are different species. Many small structural changes have evolved over time--changes that aren't obvious to most people but trained scientists can see. It's sort of like the difference between two model years of a top-selling car: the body may remain mostly the same, but details like the upholstery or the fuel injection system can distinguish the two cars.

Fossils of gars, bowfins, and pike were found at the Wannagan Creek dig site in North Dakota. (Want to know more about Wannagan Creek? Head down to the Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery on level 3.) While gar skeletons are rare at the site, gar scales are among the most common fossils found in the American West.

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 5:14pm
seppie_katie2006's picture
seppie_katie2006 says:

This object looks like a saw! I better watch out for my fingers!

posted on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 6:43pm
Hannah's picture
Hannah says:

It looks relly scary, but i know it`s just a fish!

posted on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 9:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

is kute thing

posted on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 11:47am
Bubbles's picture
Bubbles says:

What's a "Gar?" It looks like a type of 'gator. Idk! Well c u all l8r

posted on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 2:40pm
Dannah's picture
Dannah says:

This has a long nose, much like the name implies.

posted on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 4:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like this creatures head shape.

posted on Sun, 06/04/2006 - 3:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it is very interesting.because i never saw anything like it.

posted on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 11:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

long nose
long teeth
a long, lonely life

posted on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 1:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks sort of like an alligator or a crocadile

posted on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 1:13pm
Eapana's picture
Eapana says:

So sharp are the
teeth
and long is the
skull.
Life with the
Gar
would never be
Dull.

posted on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 1:22pm
Mikaya's picture
Mikaya says:

It is an old fish head.

posted on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 4:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it semes to have no ears

posted on Tue, 06/06/2006 - 1:36pm
daniella's picture
daniella says:

It looks like a bird or an animal that almost looks like an alligator because of its long mouth and teeth. The eye sockets look really large.

posted on Tue, 06/06/2006 - 1:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Going through Water
About to eat a small fish
The longnosed Gar bites

posted on Tue, 06/06/2006 - 3:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It was a carnivore and hunted in the day-time. It lived in the water.

posted on Wed, 06/07/2006 - 11:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it has big teeth and it is cool and stuff.

posted on Wed, 06/07/2006 - 1:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is an animal.

posted on Wed, 06/07/2006 - 1:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow!!

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 10:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A creature of the sea
In which saddens me
To see the animal gone
When it all wanted was to belong...

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 11:23am
broadway blonde's picture
broadway blonde says:

I think it is pretty interesting.......... Um yeah. Pretty sweet.........

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 1:25pm
ALLLLLLLLLIE's picture
ALLLLLLLLLIE says:

It's the head of an alligator =]

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 1:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This specimen is known as a Longnosed Gar, but to its friends it was known as Bernie.

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 1:56pm
Tony's picture
Tony says:

It looks like it came from the alligator family with it's long snout and eyes on the side of the head.

posted on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 4:20pm
Logan Barat's picture
Logan Barat says:

Because of its long mouth it is easier to catch prey.

posted on Sat, 06/10/2006 - 9:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is sooooooooooo cool to be the object of the mounth

posted on Sat, 06/10/2006 - 3:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that skull was frickin wicked

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 1:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I know that was awesome!

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 2:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That was really cool!

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 5:15pm
Dr. Emiady's picture
Dr. Emiady says:

My head is old,
worth more than gold.
My jaw is long,
and shaped like a tong.

:)

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 2:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

scary

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 4:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that I shall never see a fish as ugly as he.

posted on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 4:34pm
Rachel Zabilla's picture
Rachel Zabilla says:

I think that this is a head for a old dinosor

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 11:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is very ugly, it looks very weird! yuck!!!! gross!!!!!

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this looks like bones
i wonder if it had a home
big sharp teeth
a long narrow beak
must be very old
did it live in the cold?

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 3:45pm
taylor's picture
taylor says:

I think that this would be an interesting animal to be around, even if you were a caveman or if you lived in the past. sinncerley, Taylor Narragon

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 9:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hope to someday capture one of these so that i can put it over my fireplace and have people stare and say you are awsome i wish i could great hunter/fisherman like you

posted on Tue, 06/13/2006 - 3:35pm
Greg Gerald's picture
Greg Gerald says:

This dolphin died of loneliness.

posted on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 11:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It has a long mouth. It was related to the alligator.

posted on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 3:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like a baby croccodile

posted on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 7:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

icky that looks way nasty... i'm scared of it... lol

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 9:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Oh great long nose, what a mystery you are. where did you live, who were your friends, what did you do all day? Swim and eat? Or think great thoughts?

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:11am
Lauren Johnson's picture
Lauren Johnson says:

The mouth of the animal seems like it would maybe eat small animals. The long mouth could be used to stay in the water so that the prey wouldn't see it.

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well im small and i eat lots of big things. all you have to do is take small bites. try it, its fun!!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:46am
Junie's picture
Junie says:

I have a small mouth and i eat bigger things fine! (Okay so i kind of have a big mouth!)You just have to take small bites and then your fine!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:48am
Junie's picture
Junie says:

i just noticed this but it kind of looks like my great aunt Betty! She would be so proud!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:51am
Page and Jessica's picture
Page and Jessica says:

the longnosed gar has has a long snout with razor sharp teeth other than that its stupid.

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 12:57pm
David's picture
David says:

A gar is a creature from the jurrasic period,I think. It eats meat. A gar is a water creature

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a platypus head with over a million little teeth

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 2:21pm
edna bucksaplenty's picture
edna bucksaplenty says:

this rocks

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 3:53pm
Ella's picture
Ella says:

This is a funny looking bone!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 4:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it looks like something prehistoric that maybe a crocidile might have evolved from? It could have been something from a long time ago or very recent.

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 6:17pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

It's a longnosed gar, a kind of fish. It's not extinct. This one was caught in Lake Pepin not too long ago. Read the museum's label.

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 4:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

prehistoric birds head and beak!!!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 6:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a mini croc to me!

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 10:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It has big eyes

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 10:54am
Wesley's picture
Wesley says:

I thought it was cool !

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 11:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

not a pretty fish

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 1:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what kind of fish is that???or is it a ffish hummmm???

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 3:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Very cool, lots of teeth!!!

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 4:48pm
Kyrapirate's picture
Kyrapirate says:

Yarr! It's a gar! ^.^

posted on Fri, 06/16/2006 - 6:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that looks funny doesnt it

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 11:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow that is one weird looking creature. how old is it????? is it exticnct? i would think that itis afish but who knows??

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 2:46pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

It's a longnosed gar (which is a kind of fish). It's not extinct. This one was caught in Lake Pepin not too long ago. Read the museum's label.

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 3:59pm
john larizzle's picture
john larizzle says:

how very interesting

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 2:54pm
looloo's picture
looloo says:

long nose is so close.

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 4:44pm
Maya's picture
Maya says:

It sure has a long shnos!

posted on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's a bone that came from a long time ago

posted on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 2:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks very old.It has a ton of really sharp teeth.

posted on Mon, 06/19/2006 - 11:10am
grace's picture
grace says:

he has a lot of teeth. I wouldn't want to meet him in a lake!

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 10:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This vicious predetor is not your average croc, it will bite your hand off with a snap of its jaws, watch out!

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 11:20am
Maren C.'s picture
Maren C. says:

it looks like a sword fishes head and mouth, or some type of dinasore bird.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 12:39pm
Davy U. (age 6.5)'s picture
Davy U. (age 6.5) says:

This skull looks like a prehistoric crocodile head.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 12:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is cool

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 1:05pm
Victoria Diane's picture
Victoria Diane says:

He's mean and ugly! scary looking. and yucky. I don't like him. i'm a princess!!!

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 1:37pm
blake's picture
blake says:

fat ebert

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 2:04pm
Elizabeth's picture
Elizabeth says:

I know that it is very old and most likely a carnivore(because of the teeth). He probably lived about the same time as the dinosaurs lived.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 3:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What a set of teeth he must have had. It took lots of muscles just to open his mouth.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 4:22pm
Cassandra Saez's picture
Cassandra Saez says:

it looks pretty cool :]

posted on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 4:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks wierd

posted on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 7:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow that is so cool!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 8:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The object has alot of teath!

posted on Thu, 06/22/2006 - 11:25am
Krisis's picture
Krisis says:

Not quite as cool as dressage... sorry... Hey, the museum should have an exhibit about dressage!

posted on Thu, 06/22/2006 - 4:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Look at this sweeeet dead fish skull. Yikes! Thats spooky:{

posted on Thu, 06/22/2006 - 7:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I bought one of these croccodile fish 2 weeks ago and already it doubled in size. It is an insatiable eater of smaller fish. How big do they get? Provide information to me. Jon

posted on Thu, 06/22/2006 - 11:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool. what is it, exactly? is it from a dinosaur?

posted on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 11:57am
karli's picture
karli says:

this object has many many teeth!

posted on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 12:17pm
John Ingmanson's picture
John Ingmanson says:

I bet my nose is longer than yours.

posted on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 3:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a very wierd object that looks like a bone! It is a skull that bit somebody. It is a Long-Nosed Gar!! It looks really old and like a fish or something different then it is now!!!

posted on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 4:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a very wierd object that looks like a bone! It is a skull that bit somebody. It is a Longnosed Gar!! It looks really old and like a fish or something different then it is now!!!

posted on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 4:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How much of this fish is nose?

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 9:34am
mathgeek747's picture
mathgeek747 says:

This skull could be a crocodile or a skull of an ancient reptile. Its eyes are at the side of its head while there is a big protruding mass of head at the left side.

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 11:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it has really sharp teeth and itis very long. it looks really cool

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 11:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A long time ago I caught a Gar fish on Lake Nakawiki in Delafield Wisconsin. It had a really long narrow body and it stunk!! I wanted to bring it home but after a long day of fishing I was sure sorry I had had my way....we ended up burying the dead fish in the back yard.

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 2:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That is very ugly

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 3:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

gar=cool

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 3:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like Chuck Norris.

posted on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 6:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i am going to have to agree that it looks like chuck norris

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 11:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there's no creature quite like the gar;
he cannot be seen from afar;
and he loves to eat fish --
they're his favorite dish! --
which explains his oft-heard, "Ha ha!"

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 11:35am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Definatly chuck norris

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 11:46am
alex's picture
alex says:

it makes me think of an alligator.

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 12:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is ausome!

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 3:24pm
Sandy's picture
Sandy says:

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I've seen a Longnosed Gar
How about you?

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 3:54pm
ysabella's picture
ysabella says:

I havent seen one before ethier. i'd like to see one though but I don't know about violets being blue I always thought they were violet

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 10:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that this is a jaw of a swordfish.

posted on Sun, 06/25/2006 - 6:31pm
ysabella's picture
ysabella says:

It has the most teeth i have ever seen. it has big eyes and it looks like it's related to the aligator.

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 10:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

"My what a big nose you have!"
Little Red Riding Hood to the Longnosed Gar

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 12:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pinocchio's long lost brother

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 12:30pm
CPHSBoots's picture
CPHSBoots says:

This is very skinny. That is a nose?!? How big was the animal??

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 3:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Gar have a fixed number if teeth and do not experience toothal regeneration.

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 5:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's called a Garr, it orignated in the south. The Garr was forced to migrate north because of his color. This migration took place during the Civil War. So the Garr moved to safe ground here in Minnesota. His migration was also inspired by Pirates.

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 8:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a duck billed platupus bone. It is very old and fragile. The platupus is not native to America.

posted on Wed, 06/28/2006 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Tooth-fairy is going to have lots of work to do . . .

posted on Thu, 06/29/2006 - 12:57pm
Sinloria's picture
Sinloria says:

I think it is a flat head longdmothed duck

posted on Fri, 06/30/2006 - 11:43am
Abby's picture
Abby says:

It looks like some sort of ancient croc...

posted on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 3:29pm
KE's picture
KE says:

The long nosed GAR,
It is as big as my CAR!
It is ugly and scaly,
I hope I don't run into them daily!

posted on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 12:08pm
Denise's picture
Denise says:

This is the skull of a bottom-dwelling fish or reptile. It needs a long, pointy snout to dig deep in holes for its food.

posted on Tue, 07/18/2006 - 1:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Long-nosed Gar is a fresh water fish. It is a fish that preys on anything that it can swallow. Also thatcan grow very large.

posted on Sat, 08/05/2006 - 4:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Has a long nose and very sharp teeth!

posted on Sun, 08/13/2006 - 11:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A baracuda from the inner depths of the earth.

posted on Sun, 08/13/2006 - 11:09am
alexandra's picture
alexandra says:

I think this object is some kind of skeletal mouth piece. I tink this animal may be extinct!

posted on Wed, 08/16/2006 - 3:15pm
katie holmes's picture
katie holmes says:

the thingy i am looking at has teeth and maybe once had eyes but who knows there that is all i have to say

posted on Thu, 08/31/2006 - 1:18pm
Later Gater's picture
Later Gater says:

I know what kind of animal this is...it's a longnosed . gar..whatever that is. Anyway it has no eyes (duh!) because it is dead and maybe extinct. AN D it has a long nose which is probably meant for eating fish or who knows what. It has really sharp pointy teeth that are very smaall.

posted on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 12:50pm
Peg's picture
Peg says:

A long and pointy tooth brush is needed for this mouth.

posted on Fri, 09/08/2006 - 10:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like an alligator with it's skin ripped off!

posted on Sat, 09/23/2006 - 2:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I HEARD IT SPLASH AS IT HUNTED FOR MINNOWS AND I SHUN MY FLASHLIGHT ON IT AND IT SCAMPERED AWAY

posted on Mon, 12/18/2006 - 10:54pm