US Florida Kayaker Finds Mystery Fish That Looks "Like It Came Straight from Hell"
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by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Maya Miller, ProPublica This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like this one as soon as they are published. Salmon heads, fins and tails filled baking trays in the kitchen where Lottie Sam prepped for her tribe’s spring feast. The sacred ceremony, held each year on the Yakama reservation in south-central Washington, honors the first returning salmon and the first gathered roots and berries of the new year.
Demon Fish. Aquatic Chupacabra. And the unseen creature that touches your foot when you’re in dark water. Those are three notable guesses in the thousands of comments onfound in Florida. According to the , kayaker Tammy Jenkins found the strange beast on the bank of the Ocklawaha River near Gainesville.
“It got my attention because it was ugly as dirt and looked like it came straight from hell,” Jenkins said. “At first glance, I thought it was a joke toy until I smelled it.”
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She said the mystery fish smelled awful. Despite the humorous ID guesses on the Facebook post, the deceased fish is most likely a snakehead or a bowfin.
According to, invasive snakeheads are a species of freshwater fish endemic to Asia and Africa. Like carp, they are prolific offspring producers and threaten native species. The first documented snakehead discovery in Florida occurred in 2000 with the introduction most likely coming from an aquarium dump or a live food market release. The sharp-toothed invaders have a long, body-length dorsal fin, which is why they are often confused with native bowfin. They are known to be able to breathe without water.
also known as mudfish or dogfish, are known to be able to breathe air, too. They are a long-lived species native to North America. Bowfin have distinctive skulls and sharp teeth that look similar to that of a piranha. Bowfin usually weigh up to 8.5 pounds. Florida’s caught in 1984, weighed 19 pounds.
Why The Ghost Blimp Of 1942 Still Remains A Mystery .
The U.S. Navy is filled with enduring mysteries that seek explanation. One of those is what happened in 1942 to the crew of the ill-fated nonrigid airship L-8.Just five hours earlier, around 5:30 a.m., the craft took off from Treasure Island, located near San Francisco, with two crewmen on board (via SFGate). At around 7:38 a.m., one of the crewmen radioed to report a strange oil spill not far from Golden Gate Bridge. Witnesses spotted L-8 dropping flares to mark the oil spill before it sailed away.