Congratulations to Patterson Clark [“A slimy fish out of water,” Health & Science, April 30] for producing what might be the media’s first balanced and factual piece on the “fearsome” snakehead.
Clark wrote that Virginia fisheries biologist John Odenkirk has found little evidence to support initial fears — hysterically reported in the media — that this Asian native was gobbling its way through the Potomac River’s fish population. Ironically, the greatest fear was for the future of the largemouth bass, which is also not native to this area (although not from Asia). Now, when I ask a fellow angler, “Do any good today?” he’ll reply, “No, just a lot of bass. No snakeheads.”