Around the northeastern part of Central park is a haven for people fishing for yellow perch, brass, or black crappies. However, last week, the dreaded fierce predator called snakehead that walks and breathes was spotted in this area that taken up residence in the fishing sanctuary. Warning signs have been popping up urging anglers to be on the lookout for this predator and release it if they catch it and call 311. I know it seems like a comic book story, but I assure you that nobody is smiling as Central Park has an evil predator fish on the loose.
New York City is known for its urban landscape, the hustle and bustle of the crowds, the hum of electricity, and the glitz and glam of its monuments and museums and monuments. However, for those who love fishing, then The Harlem Meer, is most likely a familiar spot.
However, late last week, signs notifying anglers of the arrival of an intruder has started popping up around the lake. The predator fish has been spotted in American waters and is considered an invasive species only common in Asia.
It’s hard to believe though that near the blooming trees and panting dogs there swims the Snakefish. They are like piranhas. They are efficient and relentless predators that can decimate the local ecosystem by devouring just about everything in its path from fish, crayfish, frogs, aquatic insects, and beetles. The bad thing about it is, it can live on land for four days and even survive under ice, and longer if burrowed under mud. In fact, some humans have reportedly been injured by this predator fish.
They call it Fishzilla because it can live in any territory, aquatic, and on land. The local fishing community was obsessed that they are wagering which of them would catch it first. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has already begun the survey of the lake to gauge its threats to other wildlife The State wildlife officials will use electro-fishing boats to stun nearby fish temporarily, so they can examine it on shore. The survey results will be finished later this week.
The presence of this fish in West Virginia has also caused concerns for the residents there. The northern snakehead is common in streams and lakes of Korea, China, and Russia. Transport of live snakeheads was prohibited by the Federal law in 2002. However, a number of them have been breeding compounds in New York, Florida, and Texas.
People apparently like this fish not only as savory and meaty ingredients in stew but for its healing properties.
Written By: Janet Grace Ortigas