Sea Lamprays are parasites, sometimes called Vampire FishThese nasty looking fish use their hundreds of teeth to latch on to native species, and drain them of blood and nutrients. It's not hard to see how this impacts the fish we actually want to flourish in our lakes.
This is what an Asian Carp problem looks like.These fish exist in HUGE numbers. This photo gives you an idea of just how many there are, and how dangerous they can be. Imagine you're in a boat, doing 45 mph, and one of these fish jumps out of the water, straight at you. That's like getting hit with an industrial size bag of potatoes shot out of a cannon. More or less.
Do you really want to swim with this fish in the water?This is what a sea lampray looks like. When it latches on to you, each one of those teeth dig in and hold tight. Removing them is even more painful than the bite, if you can imagine that. Ideally, you will only ever have to imagine what that feels like.
Look at the size of this carp.This fish is a pest. They exist in greater numbers than we want, and grow to sizes that can be alarming. It's not hard to see how this fish could be a problem when presented with how large they can be. And they taste awful, we tried eating them. Didn't take.
These are all the parts of your boat that need to be clean.Crazy, isn't it? Every part of this boat that's labeled is a potential transportation method for invasive species. When taking your boat out of Lake Michigan, you need to make sure each part is immaculate before dropping that boat into another lake. If you don't, you could be transporting these species into lakes that could be quickly overrun by them.
This is what zebra mussels doZebra mussels ruin everything they touch, and they do it quickly. They can cause costly repairs, and can even degrade seawalls and breakwaters, causing environmental and safety concerns. Clean your boats, and clean them often. With a pressure washer.
Look how many carp these 4 guys caught.If these four gentlemen can catch this many carp it suggests two things to me:1) They are way too many carp in our water2) It doesn't take a huge effort to have a major impact.
Just another horrifying picture of sea lampraysThis poor fish.
This is how easy these carp are to catchSeriously, you just grab a net and start wading. You can catch hundreds of them. They are not smart animals, and there's so many of them they literally can't get out of the way. Plus, it's a fun weekend activity in nice weather.
Zebra Mussels are grossIf I had to guess, I'd say this shopping cart was in the water for three or four months. Zebra mussels attach themselves and breed with amazing efficiency.
They kill wildlife tooZebra Mussels don't just ruin structures and boats, they kill animals. And almost always, they're animals we're trying to protect.