I found these Alligator Gar skeletons in a washed out gully in the McCommas region of the Great Trinity Forest. There were at least four individual scattered around on the ground. These were juvenile fish, none longer than 3ft/1m. A few of the skeletons were remarkably intact. On these remains, the skulls were still attached to the nearly pristine shells of scaly skin. In other places the skeletons were much more jumbled.

It’s not clear what happened to these fish. They seem to have been stranded in this gully at some point, and were left to die as the water it contained dried up. Some of the marooned fish may have been eaten by resident hogs or Coyotes, but others were clearly unmolested.