Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water

Eric Jay Dolin


Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water

Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water

  • Title: Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water
  • Author: Eric Jay Dolin
  • ISBN: 9781588341549
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover



The story of the dreaded snakehead fish is a case study for invasive species This is the story of an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame, becoming front page news and the topic of David Letterman s Top Ten list Snakeheads, a species native to Asia, were released into a suburban pond in Maryland sometime around the year 2000 They reproduced, and a few yearsThe story of the dreaded snakehead fish is a case study for invasive species This is the story of an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame, becoming front page news and the topic of David Letterman s Top Ten list Snakeheads, a species native to Asia, were released into a suburban pond in Maryland sometime around the year 2000 They reproduced, and a few years later a local angler caught and photographed one of the adults Natural resources officials from the state and federal government responded with swat teams, and a media frenzy soon followed Could the ferocious beast capable of walking on land and breathing air enter Chesapeake Bay and destroy native stocks Much of the excitement was exaggeration, but the frenzy continued Wildlife officers could not catch the beasts, even as local anglers captured The pond was sealed off, armies with toxins brought in, and over the course of months it looked like the beast was slain But we learned that snakeheads are loose elsewhere in America, as are thousands of other introduced species Was the snakehead story all hype, or was this the right response Dolin tells the amazing story of the snakehead summer while delving into the larger questions about invasive species in America Fascinating scientific reporting well written and entertaining case study of modern resource management ESPN Outdoors It s the best book on non native species since The Coming of the Pond Fishes an absolute page turner ifish A wonderful, intriguing and fascinatingly complete documentation of a social and ecological phenomenon New Scientist Dolin doesn t skimp on details Or get bogged down in an overly scientific discussion of his subject a lively book Balti Magazine


Recent Comments "Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water"

A great read. Traces the 'Summer of the Snakehead' -- 2002 -- chronologically, according to the rising arc of the crazy stories circulating about the fearsome powers of Channa argus, the Northern Snakeheads released into Crofton Pond. Includes everything from the text of the "Daily Show's" on-location Snakehead piece to anatomically-correct artists' illustrations from the better science books. This fine volume even touches on the Snakeheads of the Sixties (the Walking Catfish), Seventies (Killer [...]

I was a little skeptical when I began this book, because Dolin says he wrote it in just six months. As a journalist turned environmental historian, I think six months is insufficient time to research a book, never mind write one. But Dolin actually did a good job. In 2002, at a small suburban pond in Maryland, a couple of anglers caught specimens of a large, ugly, and aggressive Asian fish called snakehead. All hell broke loose, as state and federal agencies responded with "SWAT teams of biologi [...]

As someone who has been doing research on the northern snakehead for almost four years now, it was incredibly serendipitous to stumble across this book. I found this book to be a fun and largely comprehensive account of the Crofton Pond Incident. However, while the work is mostly a fun and engaging narrative, Dolin does occasionally leave the main issue behind in favor of repetitive and boring interludes on material only very tangentially related. That said, the book is well-researched and very [...]


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