Saturday, June 19, 2004

ANIMAL REPORT: Snakeheads in Love

The Washington Times reports this morning that the voracious Northern Snakehead is sexually active and could go on a breeding frenzy in the Potomac River.

From The Washington Times' Isaac Wolf:
John Kauffman, Virginia's regional fisheries manager, said the discovery of the first adult snakehead in the Potomac adds "growing evidence of an established population" of the toothy, nonnative fish.

With its ravenous appetite and having no natural enemies, the snakehead can disrupt an ecosystem by preying on all other fish in it. The specimen caught Thursday was the sixth found in Potomac waterways this spring.

As I've said before, I'm anticipating a media feeding frenzy when these creatures jump out of the Tidal Basin and freak out little kids visiting the Jefferson Memorial.


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