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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:42 PM

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/26/sea-lamprey-photo-new-jersey_n_2766048.html?

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Reply Scary Creature Pulled From New Jersey River. (Original post)
JaneyVee Feb 2013 OP
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #1
Canuckistanian Feb 2013 #5
TeeYiYi Feb 2013 #11
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #2
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #3
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #4
jmg257 Feb 2013 #6
Faux pas Feb 2013 #7
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #8
Poll_Blind Feb 2013 #9
Still Blue in PDX Feb 2013 #10
slackmaster Feb 2013 #12
nolabear Feb 2013 #13

Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:45 PM

1. Anyone seen Dreamcatcher?

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:54 PM

5. Oh, yeah!

I just saw that last weekend. It does kinda look like a lamprey.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:16 PM

11. Exactly! ...

That was my first thought but I couldn't remember the name of the film, so thanks for that.

TYY

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:47 PM

2. I was expecting a Chris Christie joke

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:47 PM

3. I guess 'Hillbilly Handfishin' better go to New Jersey! Or 'Mudcats'.

I just learned there was another one on TV!!

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:49 PM

4. Lampreys have been a nuisance in the St Lawrence Seaway for a long time

I did not know they were in rivers... yikes...it's an ugly beastie..

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:55 PM

6. Sheesh - if that's the parasite, what the hell was the host? nt

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Response to jmg257 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. No sh*t, huh?!?!

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:02 PM

8. That's one ugly looking tadpole.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:05 PM

9. LOL- someone Redditor comment: "Worst. Fleshlight. EVER."



I'm laughing, but I'm nervously laughing.

PB

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:08 PM

10. Something like that was on an X-Files episode.

I remember more than one nightmare induced by it.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:17 PM

12. Forced-perspective photo to make it look a lot bigger than it is

 

But they are terrible creatures.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:20 PM

13. Makes gators look positively cuddly.

Though I do feel kind of sorry for anything skewered like that. Uh...are they edible?

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