Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

If you see this type of fish, kill it immediately, officials say

If you see this type of fish, kill it immediately, officials say

An invasive fish species that can breathe air and survive on land has been found in Georgia for the first time.

As USA Today reports, the northern snakehead is an invasive species that has been spotted in the state's waterways for the first time-specifically in a pond in Gwinnett County. They have a long dorsal fin that runs along their whole back and a dark brown blotchy appearance.

Snakeheads have been found in 14 states, including Virginia, according to Smithsonianmag.com.

Because northern snakeheads can negatively impact native species by competing for the same resources, wildlife officials encourage anyone who comes across the fish to "kill it immediately and freeze it".

The Snakehead Fish is an ungodly beast that must be murdered the minute you see it.

Snakeheads can migrate over land for short periods, but Johansson said this isn't the reason for the species popping up in Georgia. The Snakehead showing up in the U.S.is likely due to "unauthorized release".

Bettross says that the fish does pose a risk to the local environment since it does not have any natural predators. Instead, "kill it immediately and freeze it". Officials hope to eradicate the non-native fish, which was illegally released, from the pond. Whether plants or animals, species that are taken to new areas can rapidly disrupt the ecosystem and drive native species out, or even push them to extinction.

Indeed, the "ferocious fish" is a staple of hotpot restaurants throughout China. The only good news. they don't eat humans, so this won't be a "Sharknado" situation. They can also breathe on land.

The fish were at one point cultured in Arkansas until a federal ban was established in 2002, making it illegal to import, transport, sell, transfer, or possess any species of snakehead fish, of which there are 29 known varieties, according to National Geographic. ". They have the potential to cause enormous damage to our valuable recreational and commercial fisheries".

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