Posted by Bluerod on May 03, 2004 at 12:43:06:
In Reply to: What was it? posted by BassTracker on May 03, 2004 at 11:11:04:
Shadlips is right about the lamprey's (although I had always thought these were Great Lakes creatures). Here are a couple of links:
http://www.oakridger.com/stories/050799/spo_0507990073.html (online Oak Ridge, Tenn. article)
"Lamprey: That aggressive parasitic creature. It's not just in the ocean. Could it have infiltrated the Tennessee River System like the exotic, insidious zebra mussel?
A reader relates seeing some carp with lamprey attached at the Tellico Harbor Dock on Tellico Lake. One of the carp had three of the parasites, about 6-8 inches long, affixed just behind the head.
A check with a TWRA biologist reveals that several species of freshwater lamprey are native to the Tennessee waters, but they are not a threat to any fishery; it's the other way around: this primitive, eel-like fish is a favorite food of all the bigger fish.
The famous plastic worm lure used by bass anglers is its imitation. It is quite edible and is considered a delicacy in Europe. Sushi, anyone?"
And another link, http://www.dlia.org/atbi/species/animals/vertebrates/fish/Petromyzontidae/I_greeleyi.html
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