When I swim in a lake, I have to admit that the thought occurs to me that a fish might bite me. Jumping into green water where I can’t see more than a inch below the surface just puts the thought in my mind that there might be some huge catfish that doesn’t know not to eat humans.
Ocean? Forget it. I used to swim, but now I wade. The movie Jaws had nothing to do with it. The fact that my daughter got stung by a ray had nothing to do with it. I just decided my time was coming.
Now I have a pure and legitimate fear of any body of water that is not chlorinated.
This is Sid Fishious. (not life size – click pic)
It was caught in an English river – close enough for me. Here’s your “holy shit – look at this” moment: it eats people – and will chase you out of the water and remain in pursuit for four days. It’s two friggin’ feet long for chrissake, and it can grow to 3 feet and 4o pounds.
Here is the official EPA response:
“The reaction was, ‘Oh shit’. This is the ultimate invasive species — if it starts breeding here it’s a disaster.”
UPDATE: Day-am THEY’RE HERE.
Snakeheads are sold in the U.S. both as food in Asian markets and as pets, being prized for their hardiness and aggressive habits. A six-inch snakehead that costs $7 will eventually eat up to $8 of goldfish a day.