Meet Our Animals > Arapaima
Quick Facts
Native to Amazon River
Primary Diet Primarily fish, but also fruits, seeds, and insects
Adult Weight 200 pounds
Lifespan 20 years


Arapaima, also known as pirarucu, can only stay underwater for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. They tend to stay near the water’s surface before coming up to breathe, using a modified swim bladder that opens into the fish’s mouth and acts as a lung. The noisy, distinctive gulp it makes sounds like a cough and can be heard from far away. Arapaima can reach more than 10 feet in length.


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