SNAKEHEAD

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Smithsonian, Sep 17, 2003 - Nature - 266 pages
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"The northern snakehead, a species native to Asia, was released into a suburban pond in Crofton, Maryland, sometime around the year 2000. It multiplied rapidly, and when anglers caught two adults a few years later, natural resources officials from the state and federal government responded aggressively with SWAT teams of biologists. Then a media frenzy to cover the story quickly ensued. Many people feared that the sinister beast, with big teeth and bigger appetites, would escape into local rivers and then on to the Chesapeake Bay, devouring all creatures in its path. Making the seemingly unstoppable snakehead scarier still were its reported abilities to walk on land and breathe air. Even the U.S. Secretary of the Interior said that the snakehead was "like something from a bad horror movie."".

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About the author (2003)

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History; and "Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America". A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

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