Dangerous Land Walking Frankenfish Will Eat Mammals! See It? Kill It!
What do you call a fish that feeds on other fish, reptiles, mammals and small birds? This isn't a set-up to a joke, this fish does all of that and walks on land!
Technically this beast is called the Northern Snakehead but you may have heard it called the "Frankenfish"! These suckers can grow up to 3 feet in length, they have many teeth used to eat almost anything in sight, they have the ability to travel on land temporarily, can breathe air AND you need to kill them!
This is #invasivespecies Awareness Week and according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Northern Snakehead (a.k.a. 'Frankenfish') are a predatory fish from Asia and they have very specific instructions on what to do if you encounter one.
Should you catch one:
- DO NOT RELEASE IT.
- Kill it immediately (remember, it can survive on land) and freeze it.
- If possible, take pictures of the fish, including close ups of its mouth, fins and tail.
- Note where it was caught (waterbody, landmarks or GPS coordinates).
- Report it to your regional NYS DEC fisheries office or to NYS DEC's Invasive Species Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 402-9425.
- You can also submit a report through iMapinvasives (leaves DEC website)
So how did these creeps get to New York? The DEC says that the Northern Snakeheads were most likely introduced via a intentional and unintentional releases from fish markets as well as aquarium dumping.