Searching for Snakeheads

November 3, 2006

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In 2004, a bass fisherman caught the first northern snakehead ever found in the open waters of the Potomac River. The event sparked fears that the predatory fish would soon spread throughout the river. Since then, the snakehead has spread to various parts of the river and its population has increased significantly. Although it is unable to walk across land as rumored, the northern snakehead has the potential to damage the Potomac ecosystem and its established fish populations. Scientists are currently researching the snakehead population to determine how it will affect the ecosystem.

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