Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:42 PM
JaneyVee (12,365 posts)
Scary Creature Pulled From New Jersey River.
Giant sea lamprey.
When it comes to stocking up on material for nightmares, it's hard to beat this photo of what appears to be a monstrous sea lamprey.
Reddit user jlitch uploaded the picture in mid-February with the deceptively innocent tagline, "Friend... caught this fishing in NJ."
According to a set Facebook photos, this eellike creature was caught in the Raritan River, somewhere in northern New Jersey.
Perhaps most frightening, the rings teeth of displayed in the photo have a very clear purpose: Sea lampreys latch onto their prey, then secrete digestive fluids that slowly eat away and break down the host. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission reports a sea lamprey can be expected to kill upwards of 40 pounds of fish over the course of its life. Survival rates for particular species of host fish can be as low as 15 percent.
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