Northern Snakehead Fish - AKA Frankenfish

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 27th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Frankenfish is slowly spreading across the country. It can be on dry land for long periods of time. It can jump and crawl from pond to stream to pond. it gulps air and has razor sharp teeth.

Frankenfish

A northern snakehead fish has been discovered in a wildlife refuge close to my home. I was sorry to learn of this. These fish eat everything in sight - even small animals who venture too close to the water.

The frankenfish, as they are called, were introduced to the United States from both pet trade and as a food source. The trouble is they were accidentally released into the wild and they are a very aggressive competitor to our native fish. They will eat the eggs and the young fry of other species and they will literally out-compete our native fisheries as an invasive, aggressive, large fish.

In addition to smaller fish, Stolz said the northern snakehead will snack on frogs and small aquatic birds and mammals.

The one caught at The Heinz National Wildlife Refuge was a full two feet in length and weighed 5 lbs, 3 ozs.

People are encouraged not to put the frankenfish back into the water. Signs are being posted to warn fisherman of these invaders and encouraging them to not let the fish back into the water if caught. Pictures of the frankenfish are on the posters.

I, for one, wish that they had never been put into the wild. They have been spotted in South Philadelphia in a large lake. They have been found in the Delaware River. I'm sure they are spreading to every creek and river in this area. I wonder what can stop them? Any ideas?

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Fish, Frankenfish, Northern Snakehead Fish, Spread Of Northern Snakehead Fish

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Mar 2012 (#)

Hmm, I wonder how accidental their release really was, I suspect pet owners simply released unwanted animals, it would be good if those people could be fined.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
27th Mar 2012 (#)

You bet cha! Thanks, Mark

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author avatar Buzz
28th Mar 2012 (#)

Let them all crawl out of the water and be cooked.:) Thanks, Christine, for sharing.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
28th Mar 2012 (#)

Sounds good! Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
28th Mar 2012 (#)

let me say this seriously, there's a lot of that here and i dont what it's called in English....thanks my friend...got it from you...

now i know it's called "snakehead fish", we call it "dalag" in Filipino and "turubay" in our dialect

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author avatar Christine Crowley
29th Mar 2012 (#)

You have a lot of them there? That is a shame. Whatever they are called they are awful.

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author avatar Teila
29th Mar 2012 (#)

Aughhh,

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author avatar Christine Crowley
29th Mar 2012 (#)

That is what I say, Teila. Thank you for the comment.

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