How to Draw a Paddlefish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Paddlefish in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Paddlefish.

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How to Draw a Paddlefish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the nose and head of the fish. To do this draw a straight line on top and a straight line on the bottom that slopes downward on the right side. Connect the two lines at the nose end

Step 2: Draw the eye and the face. Make a small circle for the eye and a U shape for the face

Step 3: Draw the body with a curved line on the bottom and a straight line with a point on top

Step 4: Draw the fins. The fins are triangle and square shaped. Each fin is different, so copy the image exactly

Step 5: To finish, draw the tail coming out of the body. The tail has two parts

Interesting Facts about the PADDLEFISH

The Paddlefish is a member of the fish family and the scientific term for them is Polyodon spathula. This animal gets its name from the long flat nose that it finds food with and migrates, using an electrical function. Other common names for this species are the American Paddlefish, the Mississippi Paddlefish, and the Spoonbill. The animal lives in the calm and fresh waters of the northern Mississippi River and may have come from Lake Erie. They are related to the Sturgeon and made primarily of cartilage.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1792.
  • The species can grow to 7 feet long.
  • This creature lived in Canada until about 1900.
  • They can reach up to 220 pounds.
  • They have lived in Danube (Europe’s longest river) after their flood in 2006.

They eat mainly plankton and crustaceans. Newly built dams have prevented migration for making babies and many people have killed them for food, eating even their eggs, so the population has declined. The possibility of placing some of this fish in their original habitat of Canada’s lakes would probably fail, since there are so many mussels there that compete for the same food as what the Paddlefish eats. Since there are so few of these creatures, they’re vulnerable to extinction.

How to Draw a Paddlefish - Step-By-Step Tutorial