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Parasitic Lamprey Predation on Paddlefish in the Mississippi River [VIDEO]

Lampreys are terrifying, jawless fish, with natural habitats around the world. The damage one lamprey can inflict on a giant paddlefish will make you wince.

These crazy little bloodsuckers even have teeth on their tongues!

 

Commonly called eels, 18 of the 38 known species of lamprey are parasitic. This video is specific to lamprey predation on paddlefish in the Mississippi River system. At one point, the biologist notes the biggest group of lampreys they’ve seen on one fish is 11 or 12.

A lamprey will burrow into the sand and sediment in the river bottom for up to seven full years before reappearing with a mean appetite. Though they rarely kill the fish, the lamprey can leave many scars in the flesh of its prey.

Have you ever seen a fish with a lamprey attached to it?

Parasitic Lamprey Predation on Paddlefish in the Mississippi River [VIDEO]