There’s something fishy going on in a Central Park lake, and environmental officials aren’t too happy about it. Officials are on the hunt for an invasive and toothy predator known as the northern snakehead fish that is wreaking havoc on the local ecosystem. This super fish, native to China, Russia and Korea, can live out of water for days in certain conditions and it tends to prey voraciously on other fish, frogs, crayfish and other aquatic species. Its existence in our waters is so disruptive that New York State prohibits the possession, sale and live transport of snakehead fish and their viable eggs.

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Snakehead fish have been spotted in Meadow Lake in Queens in recent years and has even popped up in the Harlem Meer back in 2008. Signs have been posted instructing anyone fishing in the Meer who catches a snakehead to not throw it back into the water but to secure it in a container and report it immediately to a park official or call 311.

The signs are placed “just to let people know that this fish is in there, if you find it please do not return it to the water and it also helps people become aware that there are things in the water that should not be there,” said Melissa Cohen, Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries manager, to NBC News.

Snakehead fish are characterized by tan to pale brown blotches on their sides and back, an elongated body with long dorsal and anal fins, many sharp teeth and a large mouth that reaches far behind its eyes. In short: if you see something, say something.

Via NBC News

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