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Freakish fish with monstrous appetite causes fear in Maryland (Frankenfish walks; eats anything)
AZCentral.com ^ | 6.26.02

Posted on 06/27/2002 10:57:51 AM PDT by mhking

Edited on 05/07/2004 5:20:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Dreaded by fish biologists, it is capable of clearing out a pond of all living creatures and then wriggling on to new hunting grounds on its belly and fins.

Even worse, the fisherman - perhaps thinking it was a rare native species - released it.


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1 posted on 06/27/2002 10:57:51 AM PDT by mhking
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An amphibous Chupa-Cabra?
2 posted on 06/27/2002 11:00:21 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: mhking
Shoot! I wanted to see a pic of this guy.....a walking fish. Huh. Reminds me of the chinese "weather loach" that will "climb" or jump out of the water when the barometric pressure changes.

Wish I could see this pic......
3 posted on 06/27/2002 11:01:21 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: mhking
We should treat leftists the same way.
4 posted on 06/27/2002 11:02:21 AM PDT by Khepera
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To: mhking
The team could get rid of the fish by doing away with the vegetation where they hide and try to catch them, or by dousing the pond with rotenone, a suffocating poison.

One word - dynamite.

5 posted on 06/27/2002 11:03:05 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: mhking
LOL......this is a great story, thanks.
6 posted on 06/27/2002 11:03:17 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: mhking
Snakeheads began arriving in this country 30 years ago as a delicacy for
Asian food markets, Courtenay said.


Hmmm...do I smell a wonderful class-action lawsuit that will put any Asian food market
that carried this satan-fish out of bidness?

What's the economic cost to damaging sports fishing (and some commercial fishing)
throughout a region or a country? Think of all the fishing licenses, rods/tackle,
and beer and chips that won't get sold...not to mention those bass boats!
7 posted on 06/27/2002 11:04:52 AM PDT by VOA
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the Case of the Freeper FRiva Feva is under scrutiny - super-sleuths are welcomed
come resolve the way to yesterday's Target Post, you're not out of the running yet
win your registration fees to the FRive Las Vegas Conference if you dare


 
 
8 posted on 06/27/2002 11:05:30 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: mhking
Umm...any chance we could let one of these things loose at Hill and Bill's house?
9 posted on 06/27/2002 11:05:50 AM PDT by ncpastor
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To: mhking
Sounds like my former inlaws.
10 posted on 06/27/2002 11:05:51 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: mhking
Damn - it looks like the entire story didn't come across - here it is again...

Freakish fish with monstrous appetite causes fear in Maryland

June 27, 2002 09:40:00

WASHINGTON - At first, reports of the strange-looking creature with the head of a snake and a gaping saw-toothed maw were dismissed as just another fish tale. A bowfin, most likely. Or some other kind of exotic fish that outgrew its tank and was tossed into the pond by its owner.

But two weeks after an unidentified angler caught the thing in a drainage pond behind a suburban Crofton, Md., shopping center, state officials solved the mystery. An exotic fish expert in Florida identified the creature from a photo as a northern snakehead, prized as a delicacy in China and Korea where it originates, but a nasty Frankenfish, as far as U.S. officials are concerned.

It grows to nearly three feet, eats whatever it wants - mostly other fish - can live through icy winters and survives even in oxygen-deprived waters.

But there's more: It can crawl out of the water and wiggle across land, surviving up to four days.

Dreaded by fish biologists, it is capable of clearing out a pond of all living creatures and then wriggling on to new hunting grounds on its belly and fins.

Even worse, the fisherman - perhaps thinking it was a rare native species - released it.

Biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mobilized, setting out to sandbag the pond, which sits in the floodplain of the Little Patuxent River.

"The fear is: This thing could hop from the pond, across the floodplain and into the river, and then all bets are off," said Bob Lunsford, a biologist with the department. "It's the baddest bunny in the bush. It has no known predators in this environment, can grow to 15 pounds, and it can get up and walk. What more do you need?"

So they tried trapping it, baiting some giant minnow traps with frozen herring, and casting lines over the side of a canoe. Nothing.

They tried shocking it out of the water. Still nothing.

They could pump out the pond, but the only place to dump the water would be the nearby Patuxent River, where lots of native fish would become fodder for the voracious snakehead or snakeheads, however many there may be.

The team could get rid of the fish by doing away with the vegetation where they hide and try to catch them, or by dousing the pond with rotenone, a suffocating poison.

But both options could give the fish enough time to escape across land.

Frustrated, Lunsford plans to go out to the pond again later this week with more traps and bait.

The best option may be to simply wait it out, suggested Walter Courtenay Jr., the exotic fish biologist Lunsford consulted.

"I don't know of anything admirable about these fish," said Courtenay, professor emeritus of zoology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. "The only recourse they've got is to either get rid of the vegetation or wait until winter when it dies back, and kill all the fish in the pond."

Snakeheads began arriving in this country 30 years ago as a delicacy for Asian food markets, Courtenay said. Because they can survive for days out of water, they easily ship and arrive to the markets alive, he said.

State officials suspect the fish in the Crofton pond was bought at an area fish market. Investigators are looking into reports that it may have been released as a religious offering, a practice by some eastern religions.

There are 25 kinds of snakehead fish, and all are illegal to possess in 13 states, but not in Maryland, said Courtenay. He is studying the threat, and expects to issue a report to Fish & Wildlife later this year that recommends banning its importation altogether.

Meanwhile, wildlife managers say they will continue to consider their options.

"If you catch it, kill it," said Lunsford. "It's not a 'dead or alive' thing - we want it dead."

11 posted on 06/27/2002 11:06:08 AM PDT by mhking
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Even worse, the fisherman - perhaps thinking it was a rare native species - released it.

Good job Enviro-Wackos.
Now you've scared/brain-washed enough of the populace that even an average-Joe fisherman
is scared enough that he throws back a dangerous fish he should have kept (if not
kill with a shovel!).
12 posted on 06/27/2002 11:06:49 AM PDT by VOA
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To: mhking
It has no known predators in this environment, can grow to 15 pounds, and it can get up and walk.

I knew this evolution stuff would bite us in the butt eventually.

13 posted on 06/27/2002 11:07:25 AM PDT by monkey
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14 posted on 06/27/2002 11:07:57 AM PDT by blackbag
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To: mhking

15 posted on 06/27/2002 11:08:52 AM PDT by malakhi
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To: EggsAckley
Shoot! I wanted to see a pic of this guy.....a walking fish.

I think this might be one that was profiled in National Geographic maybe 20 years ago.

I think that at that time it was scaring the h-ll out of fish-and-game authorities in Florida.

I may be confused on this...I don't remember this thing being able to get as big
as 15 pounds.

I wonder if no photos are included because some PETA member of the staff is
afraid of contributing to a snake-head fish holocaust (LOL!).
16 posted on 06/27/2002 11:10:16 AM PDT by VOA
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To: mhking
It's the baddest bunny in the bush. It has no known predators in this environment, can grow to 15 pounds, and it can get up and walk. What more do you need?"

Hot sauce? Beer batter?

17 posted on 06/27/2002 11:10:36 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: mhking
"I don't know of anything admirable about these fish," said Courtenay, professor emeritus of zoology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Sounds like he could be prosecuted for a "hate crime" or "species profiling"!

;^)

18 posted on 06/27/2002 11:10:38 AM PDT by Xphantasos
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To: mhking


Image from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
19 posted on 06/27/2002 11:10:51 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: EggsAckley
ASIAN SNAKEHEADS


20 posted on 06/27/2002 11:11:56 AM PDT by tophat9000
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To: EggsAckley
Wish I could see this pic.....

Who's the man?

Dan

21 posted on 06/27/2002 11:13:04 AM PDT by BibChr
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To: mhking
Lake Kenyir, Malaysia Snakehead Fish


22 posted on 06/27/2002 11:15:58 AM PDT by Khepera
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23 posted on 06/27/2002 11:16:21 AM PDT by gdani
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Beautiful and strong snakehead fish (toman); Lake Kenyir, Malaysia

24 posted on 06/27/2002 11:19:12 AM PDT by Some hope remaining.
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To: mhking
Snakeheads ...

Scientific name is L. Jerroldus Nadlerus

25 posted on 06/27/2002 11:20:48 AM PDT by LarryLied
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Oh, you beat me by four minutes. I shouldn't have had to spend time remembering how to post an image.
26 posted on 06/27/2002 11:21:50 AM PDT by Some hope remaining.
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To: mhking
I can't believe that after 24 posts nobody has posted the three-eyed fish from the Simpsons. I bet someone does eventually.
27 posted on 06/27/2002 11:22:09 AM PDT by techcor
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28 posted on 06/27/2002 11:22:42 AM PDT by malakhi
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To: gdani
"It eats everything.."
29 posted on 06/27/2002 11:22:58 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: EggsAckley
Wish I could see this pic......

He doesn't look that scary..


30 posted on 06/27/2002 11:23:16 AM PDT by FormerLurker
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To: mhking
Ancient story, years old.
31 posted on 06/27/2002 11:23:19 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Some hope remaining.
Looks like it'd make a great pair of shoes.
32 posted on 06/27/2002 11:24:21 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: gdani
aaaaaAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
33 posted on 06/27/2002 11:24:32 AM PDT by DETAILER
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To: VOA
I think this might be one that was profiled in National Geographic maybe 20 years ago.

You and I are probably thinking about the same thing. There were "walking catfish" in Florida. Allegedly they could get up and walk away from any inhospitable pond.

Nature lover that I am, I finally got tired of the environmentatlist "the world is coming to an end" agenda. Consequently, I have not kept up with this stuff for a long time.

34 posted on 06/27/2002 11:24:44 AM PDT by scholar
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To: mhking
Rosie wasn't kidding when she said she was no longer the Queen of Nice.
35 posted on 06/27/2002 11:25:54 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: sheik yerbouty
A few sticks of tnt and this sucker will float to the surface.
36 posted on 06/27/2002 11:27:58 AM PDT by Yup1922
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37 posted on 06/27/2002 11:28:42 AM PDT by gdani
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To: mhking
Oh man, why'd you post this thread? It's giving me the creeps. The darn things are always hungry, they can eat anything their own size, and they can walk and jump! Somewhere there's a Stephen King novel waiting to be written.

Snakehead fish require large amounts of food and are continuously hungry...

Oddly this predatory fish is known to swallow prey which is as large as itself. Adults are known to prey on fish, frogs, aquatic birds and small mammals,...

These fish are excellent jumpers with some being seen leaping out of the water to capture small organisms.

click

38 posted on 06/27/2002 11:29:15 AM PDT by xJones
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To: techcor
Blinky the Fish


39 posted on 06/27/2002 11:29:22 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: mhking
Are you sure it's not a member of the Kennedy family returning to the pond scum from which they came from?
40 posted on 06/27/2002 11:29:34 AM PDT by MoJo2001
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To: gdani
Mine's better!! :-)
41 posted on 06/27/2002 11:30:50 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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RE: #23,p. Scientific name:

ilikeisfemalis

42 posted on 06/27/2002 11:30:55 AM PDT by A2J
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Is it soup yet? :)


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pork spareribs 10 oz
dried duck gizzard 2 slices
candied dates 5 pcs
dried tangerine peel 1/2 pc
water 6 cups
Seasoning
salt 1 tsp
Method
  1. Soak watercress in salted water for 20 minutes. Wash and drain.
  2. Blanch pork spareribs and duck gizzard. Rinse.
  3. Scale, gut and wash the fish. Wipe dry. Fry with 1 tbsp oil until both sides are slightly brown.
  4. Boil 12 bowls of water together with tangerine peel. Add all the ingredients. Bring to boil and simmer for 3 hours. Season with salt and serve.
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43 posted on 06/27/2002 11:32:10 AM PDT by FormerLurker
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MMMMMmmmmmm...Unprocessed fish sticks....
44 posted on 06/27/2002 11:32:11 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Yup1922
Give me an old magneto and a couple of battery cables to hang over the side of my boat, for I intend to go in harm's way ...
45 posted on 06/27/2002 11:32:19 AM PDT by strela
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To: Khepera; Marine Inspector; sleavelessinseattle
We should treat leftists the same way.

I thought WAS a story about leftists. Especially when they said "snakeheads." I immediately thought of Carvill.

46 posted on 06/27/2002 11:32:22 AM PDT by PsyOp
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To: RoughDobermann
Mine's better!! :-)

Oh yeah, well I also contributed the Rosie picture - not that that's a *good* thing.

47 posted on 06/27/2002 11:33:21 AM PDT by gdani
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To: mhking
Sounds like a bio for Maryland's Lt Governor KKT
48 posted on 06/27/2002 11:33:43 AM PDT by Trueblackman
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To: gdani
You should be punished for posting such a heinous picture. I recommend redeeming yourself by posting a picture that is somewhat easier on the eyes...
49 posted on 06/27/2002 11:35:42 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: PsyOp

50 posted on 06/27/2002 11:41:22 AM PDT by malakhi
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