So, we can’t help but catch the cute Flipper when we don’t wanna, but we CAN’T catch the ugly bastard ecosystem destroyer when we DO?
AFTON, Minn. (WCCO) — On a beautiful sun-splashed stretch of the St. Croix River, the search is on for an ugly and dangerous invader. Somewhat like looking for a needle in a haystack, finding evidence of Asian carp isn’t easy.
It’s an attempt to find the most prolific fish in the Asian carp family, the leaping silver carp. They’re the fish making quite a splash on YouTube videos, with spectacular scenes showing hundreds of carp leaping high over the water.
They are voracious filter feeders and essentially strip the waters bare of the tiny organisms that native aquatic species rely on.
Not only do they starve out our native fish, the Asian carp are a serious threat to boating safety. They shoot like rockets from the water with every passing motorboat.
The best part of the story is the “Minnesota nice”:
“These fish can get pretty big and silver carp are pretty jumpy and jump out of the water and hit people, hurt ‘em pretty good,” Stiras said. “Not something we want.”
I love Minnesota!