Massive flying carp frenzy triggered by researchers

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday shared a showing silver carp leaping en masse during a scientific electrofishing operation.

The Facebook description begins, “Oh carp, we’re going to need a bigger boat!”

The agency explained that silver carp can leap as high as 10 feet when startled by a boat’s motor or, in this case, an electric current used during population assessment studies.

The electrofishing survey was conducted on the Fox River in Illinois.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Silver carp are an invasive species throughout their U.S. range, which includes much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, and other basins.

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Aside from threats they pose to native species – they feed on phytoplankton and can out-compete native fish – they’re dangerous to boaters because of their tendency to leap.

Mature silver carp typically weigh about 20 pounds, but they can weigh as much as 80 pounds.

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Other species of invasive carp in the U.S.: Bighead carp, black carp, and grass carp.

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Source:: ForTheWin

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