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Snakeheads may be wreaking ecological harm, after all

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Something was pulling his fishing pole into the water — something big. So, Dustin Stem ran over and grabbed the pole just as it was about to disappear into the drainage pond’s murky waters.

The 10-year-old was soon joined in the fight by his 11-year-old brother, Ryan. The final heave onto land fell to an adult who had been fishing nearby. What they discovered at the end of the line was a monster: 10.68 pounds of leopard-print scales, triangular teeth and a face only Frankenstein could love.

One northern snakehead down, countless more to go.

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About Wildlife + Habitat

The Chesapeake Bay region supports more than 2,700 species of plants and animals, including 348 species of finfish and 173 species of shellfish.

It is also home to at least 29 species of waterfowl. Nearly one million waterfowl winter on the Bay – approximately one-third of the Atlantic coast’s migratory population. The birds stop to feed and rest on the Bay during their annual migration along the Atlantic Flyway.

Nearly 80,000 acres of bay grasses grow in the shallows of the Bay and its tributaries. Young and molting blue crabs rely on bay grass beds for protection from predators.

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