AmericanLiveWire The bizarre sea monster, which has been identified as a sea lamprey, was captured after being struck with a spear. While the average lamprey is usually only three feet long, the photo indicates that this may be the largest lamprey in recorded history. Confirming that the specimen in the photo is a sea lamprey, the spokeswoman for New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation stated, “The photo doesn’t allow counting of gill openings (seven per side for sea lamprey), but based on size alone, this does appear to be a sea lamprey.” A sea lamprey is a eel-like jaw-less and boneless parasite that act like leeches as they latch onto other fish and drain them of bodily fluids. Despite their parasitic nature, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife document on sea lampreys highlights the importance of the bizarre sea monster as it states, “Because of the economic importance and profound effects of the sea lamprey on fish communities, its life history has been studied intensely. In the Bight, sea lampreys ascend to coastal streams in Long Island, New York, the New Jersey shore, and the Hudson River.” It is unclear at this time if the photo that features the lamprey was tampered with in any way to make the creature seem larger than its normal size.
This photo and story was making the round this weekend, a giant sea lamprey got caught with a spear somwhere in New Jersey, and will now give swimmers nightmares for the forseeable future.
We here at SportSmasher think that the picture may be a bit of trick photography. Every fisherman knows that you hold your catch closer to the camera to make it look bigger and more impressive. That is probably what happened here.
Still it makes you think about staying out of the water, because having that giant bloodsucker latch onto you would be the worst thing imaginable. Like getting bit by a huge tick. No thanks.