Friday, July 21, 2006

Drunken Eels

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Asian swamp eels (Monopterus albus) are on the brink of entering Georgia's Chattahoochee River. The eels can now be found in several ponds adjacent to the river, a mere overflow pipe away from the Chattahoochee's marshland. Unfortunately, researchers have yet to find a good way to control the eels, who have been found to be piscicide-resistant, capable of long-term fasting, and able to survive out of water for extended periods.

Bonus points to the AJC for mentioning the genus of the eel, and triple bonus points for the heading "Alien eels slither close to Hooch." Hee. Tip of the virtual hat to the Protect Your Waters website for pointing to this article.

6 comments:

jaathirathnam said...

Very good article indeed. I know a new species today. Sorry I dont blog alot, but things like this would say "Stop!! look at this". How dangerous could these eels be who could fast for long and can even stay out of water.

Key to Happiness said...

Very interesting blog. I am interested in wildlife.

budak said...

Asian eels, carp, clarias cats and snakeheads in the Americas. South American loricariid cats, cichlids, bonytongues and livebearers in Asia. African tilapia everywhere.

Biogeography is so screwed......

Sister of Mercy said...

If you define invasive species as all species that are not native species, then you'd have to admit that man was the first invasive species in North America around the Ice Age. We don't know exactly what species pleistocene man introduced to North America, but you can bet that they would have been any animals that he had domesticated or plants that he used to cultivate in the Old World before he crossed the Bering Strait into the New World. It's a very old problem, the introduction of invasive species.

R2K said...

Lets blow them all up. Get some kind of fish that eats the eels, like a shark. Then get a monkey that can bomb the sharks. Then make a disease that kills the monkies.

Emm said...

Nice article and beau blog
Congrat!