Striped bass is part of a seagoing family that includes grouper, sea bass, loup de mer, and various freshwater fish. Just as there are distinctions between stripers and their freshwater cousins, there are definite differences between farm-raised striped bass and those caught wild from the ocean. What's the difference? The farmed striped bass is actually a naturally occurring hybrid, a cross of white bass and striped bass that developed spontaneously in the 1930s, when someone introduced an ocean striper into a freshwater pond. Like wild bass, the hybrids can live in both fresh and salt water.