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S2:E3 | 6.6.2019

Frankenfish

The snakehead fish is an invasive species that’s been plaguing the Potomac river system for nearly two decades. Can turning this monster into a local delicacy save the Potomac?

About This Episode

The snakehead has been described as one of the ugliest fish in the world. It has a thick neck and razor-sharp teeth. It's been rumored to bite little kids and walk on land. It’s also an invasive species that’s been plaguing the Potomac river system for nearly two decades. Can turning this monster into a local delicacy save the Potomac?

Transcript

Bridget Lancaster: Back in 2002, the town of Crofton, Maryland became ground zero for monster sightings. The monster was a fish, but we're not talking about a guppy or Nemo. . . this fish had teeth. It could grow several feet long and according to rumors, the thing could walk on land. It was called a snakehead and it came to Crofton a couple of years prior when a local man ordered a few of the fish to be sent to him from New York City. He wanted to make a special kind of soup for his sick sister, well he never made that soup. And for a while he kept the fish in a tank. . . until they got too big. Then, he dumped them into a nearby pond. Two years later the pond contained over a thousand baby snakeheads and several adults. Local people panicked. They thought that the fish…

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