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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:02 PM

Meet Florida's newest invasive species, an ugly Amazonian river monster that can grow 10 feet long

Meet Florida’s newest invasive species, an ugly Amazonian river monster that can grow 10 feet long

Scared yet?

Then finally, in the penultimate paragraph:

How the dead arapaima got to the Caloosahatchee River remains a mystery. There’s a chance someone had it as a pet and released it into the wild.


https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-ss-prem-arapaima-invasive-monster-fish-florida-20210304-qmni4zjpwjgntaxa7q4l3n3wom-story.html?outputType=amp&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Don%27t%20Miss&utm_content=5601614893888&__twitter_impression=true

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Reply Meet Florida's newest invasive species, an ugly Amazonian river monster that can grow 10 feet long (Original post)
taxi Mar 2021 OP
gainesvillenole Mar 2021 #1
taxi Mar 2021 #4
leftieNanner Mar 2021 #2
taxi Mar 2021 #6
leftieNanner Mar 2021 #7
taxi Mar 2021 #8
captain queeg Mar 2021 #9
leftieNanner Mar 2021 #10
CentralMass Mar 2021 #3
taxi Mar 2021 #5
smb Mar 2021 #11
mitch96 Mar 2021 #14
Chainfire Mar 2021 #12
taxi Mar 2021 #13

Response to taxi (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:07 PM

1. Link?

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Response to taxi (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:08 PM

2. We watch River Monsters on TV

The arapaima is a nasty fish.

Maybe it can eat some of the Burmese Pythons???

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Response to taxi (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:16 PM

7. They are endangered and a protected species in the Amazon

When Jeremy Wade fished for one, he had to do it using a fly rod! And he had to get specific permission to do it too. Catch and release, of course. I think the one he caught on the show was around 250 pounds!

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:19 PM

8. Ouch

I once landed a five foot tarpon from shore, I'll never mess with those big fish again. I don't know how he does it.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:20 PM

9. I used to watch it. Didn't the guy who does the show get his arm broken by one?

He climbed into a holding tank where they were netting one of these fish to help net one and got slammed by a struggling fish. Large and aggressive.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:22 PM

10. I think so

His show airs on the Animal Planet channel on Fridays. One of the few things my husband and I watch together.

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Response to taxi (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:09 PM

3. I thought it might be my ex for a moment.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:13 PM

5. I'm convinced.

No more fish in the car.

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Response to taxi (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:29 PM

11. Almost As Ugly As The Other Florida Invasive Species...

...the Noxious Orange Blob from Queens.

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Response to smb (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:57 PM

14. +1!!!

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Response to taxi (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:41 PM

12. Ok, so that explains half of the fishes and loaves story.

Two of them would feed a pile of folks, and of course, they probably taste just like chicken.

Assholes in South Florida never saw an invasive species that they didn't want to release into the wild. Maybe those fish will go to war on the Pythons.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:49 PM

13. In this county alone we are eliminating 43k acres of panther habitat

That's the camel's nose.

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