Scary “Jawless Fish” Are Lurking Below the Waters of the Columbia River
There's Ancient "Jawless" Fish Lurking At The Bottom Of The Columbia River
There is an ancient fish that lurks in the Columbia River and as scary as it seems, its re-emergence in the Columbia River is a good thing, so much so that wildlife conservationists are reintroducing the fish into the rivers for a good reason.
I'd still not want to touch these slimy eels but they are important to the Columbia River and here's why:
Lamprey also contributes to nutrient cycling as they eat dead or dying salmon and transport nutrients upstream when they spawn.
This makes their presence important for maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
However, Pacific Lamprey Eel populations have declined by 90% in some areas, largely due to habitat loss, migration barriers, and dam construction.
Many organizations, such as the Yakama Nation Fisheries and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, have collaborated to establish hatcheries and fish passage systems, to aid the return of the fish population.
These efforts are essential for restoring the fish population, and thus the Columbia River ecosystem.
I'm all for them lurking below the waters for a good cause as long as they don't slide up next to me, I'm good.