For the first time ever, an alligator shrimp fish known as a “living fossil” has been captured in Kansas – and no one knows how it got there.
The 39.5-pound, 4.5-foot fish, referred to as a ‘living fossil’ because the data can trace them back nearly 100 million years, “was caught by fisherman Danny Lee Smith in the Neosho River during a fishing trip. on September 20, according to a pronunciation of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
At this point, experts aren’t sure how the fish ended up in the Neosho River, but they’re considering a few different options to help uncover the mystery.
They will look at the fins of the fish to see if it is from a different state.
Last month, an alligator shrimp was caught in Kansas for the first time because it doesn’t live in the state
At the moment, experts are not sure how the fish ended up in the Neosho River (photo)
“Since most populations of this species can be distinguished from one another with a sample of the fish’s fins, another option we are considering is genetic identification,” said KDWP Assistant Director of Fisheries Research, Jeff Koch.
“This allows us to see if the fish comes from an existing population in another state.”
Alligator gar is known for their distinctive long snouts and ability to grow 10 feet long and can weigh up to 350 pounds.
The fish, which can grow up to 10 feet long, was once spotted quite frequently in the Mississippi River, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service added.
They have been traditionally seen in Ohio, parts of Missouri and Illinois all the way to the Gulf of Mexico
They have been traditionally seen in Ohio, parts of Missouri and Illinois all the way to the Gulf of Mexico according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, but never Kansas.
“When it first came out of the water… I was shocked, I was stunned. I’ve seen gar jump, but nothing like this one did,” said fisherman Danny Lee Smith, who caught the fish. CNN.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal, I’m sure.”
Given the long distance from where they are commonly found, experts aren’t sure how the alligator yarn ended up in Kansas’s Neosho River.
If the above option doesn’t answer, Koch said the experts could use microchemistry.
The element ratio of a bone on a fish is measured and compared with the elements in the surrounding water.
It’s probably not someone’s pet that got lost or released into the wild when it “got too big,” explains Doug Nygren, director of the KDWP fisheries division.
‘These techniques should enable us to determine which method of introduction has taken place.’
The state agency notes that introducing alien species into the area poses a risk of spreading disease and is illegal, whether native or not.
“Transporting and restocking fish can spread other harmful species such as microscopic zebra mussels, fish diseases or aquatic plants that may be present in the water used to transport the fish,” warned Chris Steffen, coordinator of the KDWP Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Alligator gar is known for their distinctive long snouts and ability to grow 10 feet long and can weigh up to 350 pounds
There are several types of gar, but crocodile threads have been used to make a number of different items, including arrowheads, jewelry, and tools from the fish’s scales.
It has also been used for leather goods, and the oils were used as an insect repellent, the USFWS added.
The fish, which was in abundance in the mid-20th century, was overfished due to the erroneous belief that it ate fish that were also consumed by humans.
It is now considered rare and endangered, according to the University of Florida.
WHY ARE ALLIGATOR GAR SO ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE?
Alligator shrimp are known for their long bodies, long snouts, and diamond-shaped interlocking scales.
It has multiple fins, the caudal fin is rounded and the dorsal and anal fins are directed towards the back of the body.
Some versions of alligator gar can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh over 300 pounds.
Like their reptilian namesake, adult alligator threads have two rows of large teeth on their upper jaw.
These fish, which can live for decades in some cases, have been used to make a variety of consumer goods, such as arrowheads, jewelry, and tools from the fish’s scales.
It has also been used for leather goods, and the oils were used as an insect repellent, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
They are dangerous to humans, but reports of attacks are rare. Their eggs, which hatch within a few days, are considered poisonous if eaten by a person.