COOL Classroom 2.1

Discover Where are Striped Bass during Winter?

Scientists have learned that Striped Bass prefer water in the temperature range 20-23 C. You now know that Striped Bass migrate to stay in that temperature range. As you can see in the ocean water temperature graph to the right, all of these places have temperatures below 20 C during the months of December, January, February, March, and April. That’s too cold!


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You can figure out from the illustration on the left that even though Striped Bass prefer a certain temperature water, they can live in colder water. The water temperature can get all the way down to 5 C (41 F) and Striped Bass can still live. They won’t be comfortable, but they’ll survive.
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Where do the Striped Bass go during the winter months?
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Some of the larger Striped Bass stay in the ocean but swim into deeper water to spend the winter. The Striped Bass that are farther south off the coast of Virginia can stay in shallower water just beyond the surf break.

Some Striped Bass swim into estuaries (where a river meets the sea). The three most popular among Striped Bass are the Hudson River, Delaware Bay, and Chesapeake Bay. Some Striped Bass even swim into the Cohamee River in North Carolina.
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What do estuaries look like? Most estuaries along the east coast are low-lying areas that have lots of marsh grasses. If you took a picture from an airplane, it may look like this:




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Up close estuaries can look like this