Thu May 2, 2013, 12:34 PM
marmar (69,351 posts)
New York faces new menace as 'Fishzilla' invades Central Park
NEW YORKERS have had to contend with plenty of foes, both fictional and real, down the years. But now the Big Apple faces a new menace in the form of the northern snakehead fish, a predator that can live on land and kills almost anything it comes across.
Signs have been spotted around a fishing lake in Central Park warning anglers to be on their guard against the three-foot long monster, usually a native of China, Russia and Korea.
The New York Times warns the city's residents: "The snakehead is a relentless and efficient predator that devours just about everything in its path — fish, frogs, crayfish, beetles and aquatic insects. And it does not meet death easily; it is able to survive under ice or live on land for days in damp conditions. It has been called Fishzilla."
The paper offers a clue as to how the beast may have got into the ecosystem, even though it is banned by federal law. Snakeheads, it explains, "remain a persistent presence in Chinese fish markets across the city... (and) the fish is prized not only as a meaty, savory ingredient in stew, but for its supposed healing properties." ..............(more)
Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/us/52802/fishzilla-new-york-central-park-snake-head#ixzz2S9pchtL9
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Thu May 2, 2013, 12:47 PM
hootinholler (26,051 posts)
1. They've been found in tributaries to the Potomac in Va as well.
The good news is they are so aggressive, they are relatively easy to catch.
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Thu May 2, 2013, 12:51 PM
FSogol (28,743 posts)
3. There was an article on them in the Wash Post last week. Snakeheads, upon arriving in No. VA
have become lazy and do not display the aggressive "eat every single object" trait that the ones in Asia seem to have.
Umm. USA! USA!