Invasive 'vampire fish' is captured in Virginia river

07-07-2024 11:37 AM

Ammon News - A parasitic ‘vampire fish’ has been spotted in a Virginia river that is rarely seen by humans and while it is invasive, experts said it's a good sign.

An Alexandria local pulled what is called a sea lamprey from the Potomac River with his bare hands and tossed the nearly two-foot-long eel-like creature onto dry land.

The fish gets the nickname for its sucker-like mouth and pointed teeth, which it uses to latch onto its victim and feed on their bodily fluids - sometimes feasting for weeks.

Daily Mail

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