April 28, 2004

The Snakeheads are back!

Victor stole my blog subject for today, but that's okay, because I have a new one...the snakeheads are back!

I read the news headlines on Nature Science Update most days, and today (or tomorrow, if you look at the date) I saw Return of the Snakehead. That sounds like a sequel to an actual Sci-Fi movie that sounds right up Ted's B-movie alley: Snakehead Terror. (It stars Bruce Boxleitner. I have to admit...ah, wait, I don't have to admit anything. Never mind.)

Anyway, Nature mentions that "some escaped northern snakeheads (Channa argus) did indeed cause a panic two years ago when they were caught by fishermen in Maryland."

Now, I live in Maryland, and I wouldn't say we were panicked, exactly. But it was a little weird, these biting fish that can apparently breathe a little air and slither from pond to pond being found in what was essentially a drainage pond behind a shopping center. I remembered a really funny piece in the Post about the snakeheads, so I went to the archive to see if I could find it.

Talk about amazing coincidence...my first hit on a search for "snakeheads" turned up a story from today. Apparently we have (cue horror movie music) a true Return of the Snakeheads !

Oh, but that name's been taken. How about Dawn of the Snakeheads? Revenge of the Snakeheads? Radioactive Snakeheads from Beyond the Terrible Deep?

I just hope Bruce Boxleitner shows up.

Posted by Nic at April 28, 2004 03:35 PM

Better be born lucky than rich...

Posted by: Theodosius at June 14, 2004 07:49 PM
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